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Sunday, October 7th, '18

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DROP IT!

"None of his sins which he has committed shall be mentioned unto him..." (Ezekiel 33:16)

 

The canker that eats a relationship is unforgiveness. Moving on with life is a bit difficult when the other person keeps drudging up past mistakes and missteps. Have you heard of the Drudge Report (drudgereport.com)? Grudging always begins with drudging and a grudge is the heaviest load a person can carry. Peter taught that "love shall cover the multitude of sins" and James added that converting someone from the error of his way "shall hide a multitude of sins" (James 5:20). True, there is a great difference between the verb cover and the noun cover-up but the Christ-like way is always to seek atonement and redemption. Once repented of sins are not to be repeated. They are not to be repeated by the felon himself, nor should they be repeated by anyone else. Remember, loose lips sink...the adage says they sink ships but we've all felt that sinking feeling down in the gut when our failures are held up again and again before us. Loose lips sink hopes and dreams.

 

God has never felt so insecure that He had to get even by sinking someone else's ship, not that He hasn't sunk a few. "For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy..." (Psalm 86:5) He would rather drop it so we can get on with our lives. "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing" (Proverbs 25:2). By that, I don't imply that He pulls the wool over our eyes, but remember He did cover Adam and Eve's sin with some wool. The lamb's blood-drenched fleece was draped around the first sinning pair's shoulders as a covering. The greater news of the New Covenant is that Jesus' blood doesn't just conceal or cover, it removes the offense, for He is the Lamb that "taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).

 

Now the pertinent question, if He does not remember our sins against us (Hebrews 10:17) then what right do we have to drudge up one another's? Our text says they shall not even be "mentioned". The omniscient God pronounces "justified", that is, just as if I'd never sinned. So do you know something that Omniscience doesn't know? Hmm, then the throne has been abdicated to a lesser judge. (I don't think so.)

 

And that adds another rhyme, drudge, grudge and judge. And we shouldn't forget sludge. Sludge is the gooey, slimy, sleazy sediment on the bottom of the dark stream. Here to, I suggest we just drop it because all rivers and ponds have their share of sludge. Paul wrote, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God". If the glory of God is "to conceal a thing" then for sure we have come short at concealing. "But he has to know how I feel", "But she can't be allowed to get by with this", "But they have every right to know", "But they told on me so I'm going to tell on them", "What do you mean, don't even mention it?" Picture us inside the pearly gates. Suppose God were to mention all our mistakes with Peter, Paul, Great-Grandma, and the elect angels looking on? He takes no pleasure in making others look small. God cannot look bigger by making another look smaller and your size and mine can't be augmented that way either. So drop it, just drop it. I said drop it, just drop it. Paul spoke of things in heaven "not lawful for a man to utter" (2 Corinthians 12:4). Well, there are some things on earth that don't need said either.


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