Lenten Journey: Day 18

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger for ever because he delights in mercy. He will again have compassion upon us, he will tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.

Micah 7:18-19

God is a God of mercy. He delights in forgiving us. He wants to forgive us. This is one of the great things about God: he is unchanging. While sin always angers him, repentance always brings him joy. Every time we repent of our sins, he has compassion on them. He crushes them under his feet and casts them into the sea!

This privilege is not granted only to those who are righteous, but to all men, from all walks of life, from all races, tribes, and tongues. It is most specially reserved for the sinner, for the one who has fallen so short of the glory of God that they can hardly stand themselves anymore because they are so muddied with sin. Jesus desires to give mercy and who needs mercy more than those sitting on the brink of total moral destruction?

No matter what you’ve done in your past, God wants to forgive you, to cast it off into the sea and transform your life. Today is a new day. Today you can begin a new life. Today Jesus will dine with you.

“This man receives sinners and eats with them.”