Psalm 130:3-5 – If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
Jesus once said to a group of judgmental Pharisees, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone…” (John 8:7). No one threw a stone. Beginning with the oldest accuser to the youngest they filed out. Even though the Pharisees greatly emphasized self-righteousness, they all understood that none of them was utterly without sin. All fell short of the glory of God.
The psalmist understood this truth as well. If God kept a tally of our iniquities in order to judge us, then no one would be able to stand before His judgment. “…There is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Psalm 14:3). Mercy is at God’s discretion.
Forgiveness then is by grace. We wait and we hope in the promises of God’s Word in reverent fear anticipating His grace shed abroad by the Holy Ghost because of the intercession of Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1-5). Therefore forgiveness is by grace, and grace is not free. Jesus paid the price for our sins that we might obtain mercy.
Thank the Lord for His Grace. Thank the Lord Jesus for His Love.