As a substitute teacher at a junior high school ("middle school" in some locations), I have learned that I need to have an eraser handy, since the students I work with usually have the erasers on the end of their pencils worn off. So I've learned to carry a large eraser or two with me, especially since my pencils usually have worn off erasers too.
Erasers are such handy things. Make a mistake. Erase it. Make it as though it never was made. Apart from an occasional smudge on the paper, there is no trace of the wrong lettering or punctuation (the error). And one can easily over-write the smudge with the correction. Problem solved.
This reminds me of how God erases our sins (errors) and transgressions (mistakes), leaving no trace of them. To Israel He announced, "I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and will not remember your sins" (Isaiah 43: 25). To experience the blessings and benefits of this, all Israel had to do was acknowledge the wrong-doing, turn back to God, and accept the forgiveness.
In the New Testament, we read often of the forgiveness of sins as a blessing or consequence of accepting Jesus as our personal Savior, being "born again." The disciple John writes in his first letter to the church, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1: 9). When God does the erasing, there is no smudge left behind, from His perspective.
God wants us to enjoy this forgiveness. He has made this possible because He wants us forgiven and free. He wants to remove our sins from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103: 12), to cast them into the sea (Micah 7: 19), behind His back (Isaiah 38: 17).
He does not remind us of them or taunt us with them. When they are erased, they are erased. The only smudge we may see is that which we have not erased from our minds—by remaining on a self-imposed "guilt trip" and not embracing His full forgiveness and rejoicing in it.
But that is not a license to sin freely. God forbid! (See Romans 6: 1-2 and verse 15.) It should inspire us to walk in the Spirit, as He would have us walk, not looking behind to past mistakes, but looking ever forward to what lies ahead—a full, complete, and abundant life now and an eternity to spend with Christ.
So I'll continue to use my eraser and furnish it to students, being continually aware of the best eraser of all—God's, who, by the blood of His dear Son Jesus Christ, has erased all my sins, errors, and mistakes. Hallelujah!
Have you let Him erase yours?
Salt and Light
8/21/2019 8:15:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Real Rainbows and True Light
8/17/2019 3:17:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
The Light of Life
8/7/2019 9:20:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
A Giant Eraser
4/23/2018 3:09:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
He Is Risen
3/30/2018 2:57:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
7/22/2015 by: Vicki Dorshorn
Liberty Bell & more
7/4/2015 3:32:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
6/22/2015 11:26:00 AM by: Vicki Dorshorn
6/12/2015 1:50:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
6/5/2015 12:27:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
5/28/2015 by: Vicki Dorshorn
What is my name?
5/20/2015 by: Vicki Dorshorn
What age is Jesus for you?
12/21/2014 8:41:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Part 2 - Stories of Sovereignty from England
11/21/2014 by: Vicki Dorshorn
Stories of Sovereignty from England
11/15/2014 7:28:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Coincidence or Sovereignty?
11/3/2014 by: Vicki Dorshorn
Time to Care
8/24/2014 10:59:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
"Lion on the Loose"
8/16/2014 5:29:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Lessons from My Garden - Part 6
8/10/2014 by: Vicki Dorshorn
Lessons from My Garden - Part 5
8/3/2014 by: Vicki Dorshorn
Lessons from My Garden - Part 4
7/27/2014 by: Vicki Dorshorn
Lessons from My Garden - Part 3
7/20/2014 3:33:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
"Lessons from My Garden -- Part 2"
7/12/2014 8:54:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Lessons From My Garden - Part 1
7/7/2014 7:23:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Dreams, Revisions, and Renewal
6/29/2014 10:30:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
A Dream that is Reality
6/21/2014 9:13:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
The Return of the Swallows
6/14/2014 by: Vicki Dorshorn
Part 2 - Where will I go when I die?
6/7/2014 2:30:40 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Where will I go when I die?
5/31/2014 9:05:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Truth or Deception
5/24/2014 5:34:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Deliverance from Falling
5/16/2014 2:30:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Deliverance from Tears
5/10/2014 8:03:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Deliverance from Death
5/3/2014 by: Vicki Dorshorn
The Significance of Death
4/27/2014 5:45:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Conclusion of Why Bad Things Happen
4/19/2014 8:35:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Good and Bad, Relatively Speaking
4/12/2014 1:18:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
The Potter and the Clay
4/5/2014 9:10:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
"Bad Things" - Part 5
3/29/2014 1:47:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
"Bad Things" - Part 4
3/21/2014 12:52:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
"Bad Things" - Part 3
3/15/2014 12:18:00 AM by: Vicki Dorshorn
"Bad Things" - Part 2
3/8/2014 1:56:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
"Bad Things" - Part I
3/1/2014 7:14:00 PM by: Vicki Dorshorn
Who are "good" people?
2/26/2014 by: Vicki Dorshorn
Why do bad things happen to good people?
2/22/2014 by: Vicki Dorshorn