One of my favorite Psalms in the Bible is Psalm 103. When I was teaching 4th grade at a Christian school, this Psalm was one that all 4th graders were expected to learn. In fact, my class recited it to their parents at a special parent’s night. Since I required them to learn it, I realized that I also needed to memorize it. That is when I really understood the meaning of this chapter. So often I can quickly read something and not fully absorb what I’ve read. This is true in general reading and also in reading God’s Word.
The verses that powerfully spoke to me were verses 9 – 14, “He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear (reverence) him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”
These verses reminded me of how much God loves me. When I admitted my sins to Him and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins, my sins were totally wiped out, never to be held against me again. That is grace. I should have paid the penalty for my sin, but Jesus paid that price for me when He died on the cross. Why? Because He loved me. The same is true for anyone else who realizes that they cannot be good enough or do enough to earn God’s approval. His approval, acceptance and love can only come by acceptance of God’s gift of forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Step 3 of the CR principles says: “Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.” This is a critical step in recovery. In conclusion, Ephesians 2:8 sums it all up, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”