by Myra Johnson
“No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” —Jeremiah 31:34 NIV
I’ll never forget my first attempt to make a pumpkin pie with a real pumpkin. Oh, what a naïve young bride I was! I cut off the top and scooped out what I assumed was the “good stuff.” The problem then became how to separate the pumpkin from the seeds. But I persevered and made my pie. It looked pretty good, and it tasted . . . not too bad if you didn’t mind the stringy texture.
I sometimes wonder if God enjoys the occasional chuckle over our slip-ups. More often than not, He probably shakes His head in sorrow. But the good news—the gospel—is that in Christ we have complete forgiveness—and forgetfulness—of all our sins. As far as the east is from the west, that’s how far our Lord separates us from our transgressions (Psalm 103:12).
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Can you laugh about it now? If not, ask the Lord to give you Christ’s perspective, and let Him restore your confidence.
Healy Ferguson, a redeemed ex-con, arrives in town searching for the friend who led him to Christ, but he isn’t prepared for the news of his friend’s death, much less to find himself falling in love with his friend’s widow. Valerie Bishop’s life was shattered the night her husband died, but the man who begins to fill the empty place in her heart holds the key to a buried memory that could destroy her all over again. If their love is to survive, they must each confront the fears imprisoning them and trust in God’s healing mercy.