Scripture for Today: II Peter 1:9 “For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.”
I still remember Denise, a friend from my university days. She was blind and I was her reader. Although some books were available in braille, most were not and she needed people to read her textbooks to her. I remember Denise as being a very positive “can do” person with a love of music boxes. She had quite a collection. She was absolutely in love with her fiance, a very sweet attentive man who was also a student there. I learned first hand some of the obstacles she had to surmount, but she was so often full of joy for God’s goodness!
Our verse for today talks about a blindness that plagues many Christians. God promises to supply to every believer all that is needed to live a godly life, through knowing Him. These qualities are listed as diligence, virtue, knowledge, self-control, patience and piety, kindness and Christian love. However, any Christian can experience a lack of these qualities when he or she forgets something; that their former sins have been cleansed. Guilty memories can be blinding.
Satan, our accuser, would like nothing better than to see Christians stumbling around with canes. Remembering the times I fell keeps me from moving forward and pressing on. My past failures do not have the power to immobilize me when I remember God’s complete cleansing. I want to continually remember what He did for me on that cross. I do not want guilty memories to keep me from realizing His liberating forgiveness! These qualities are His gift to me. He made living a godly life possible.
Help me, Lord, to forget the failures and remember Your incredible forgiveness!