Devotion for the Third Sunday in February

“Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!” (Psalm 25:7)
            When it comes to forgiveness, we know that sometimes the hardest person to forgive is ourselves. We can re-assure our children or our siblings of our love for them when they mess up. We might even be able to forgive someone who has wronged us. But ourselves? When we know ourselves too well, know our struggles too well? Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is ourselves.
            The psalmist today perhaps also knew himself too well. He knew all that he had done wrong since his youth. And now he feels the weight of those past struggles upon him.
            But he prays that he does not let his past define him. He prays that he will not be defined by past transgressions. Rather he prays that he be defined and remembered by God through God’s love and goodness alone: “According to your steadfast love remember me.” I love the way the Laughing Bird version phrases this verse: “Let your unshakable love color your view of me.” Let me see myself the way you see me, O God.
            What would happen to our lives if we saw ourselves through the eyes of God’s love? What would happen to how we treat one another if we saw all people through the eyes of God’s love? Imagine the forgiveness. Imagine the peace.
            “According to your steadfast love, remember me.”
God, I know that you love and forgive me, but too many times I have a hard time loving and forgiving myself. Help me to see myself as you see me. May your unshakable love color your view of me and color my view of myself. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
In Christ,
Pastor David Armstrong-Reiner