As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our sins from us. (Psalm 103)
Just like the communion meal is not a reward for good behaviour but God’s food for the contrite, forgiveness is not a prize for the holy, but grace given to sinners.
Here is the great mystery of our identity as the church: we are both sinners and saints, both fallen and the fullness of Christ.
We look up at Christ on the cross and cry out, “Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” We are also made co-heirs with Christ to share in his suffering and glory. Forgiveness makes this miraculous transformation possible.
We are defined by Christ’s forgiveness, as individuals and as the church. This is our joy, our gift, the source of the mercy and forgiveness we are called to give to even our enemies.
Your sins are forgiven. Live in that freedom today.