Joshua 5:9 (KJV) “And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.”
We have so much to be grateful for in our lives. One of the most important things we should be grateful for is that God does not hold grudges against us when we fall short of His glory (Rom. 3:23). God is eager to release us from our pasts. He is also eager to roll away the reproach of our past sins from our lives (Josh. 5:9).
God does not hold our mistakes in His heart with the express intention of thrusting them into our faces whenever it is convenient for Him. This, my friend, is how the Word of God describes our enemy…the accuser of our brethren (Rev. 12:10). The enemy seeks to hold us under a cloud of condemnation. However, the Word of God teaches us that,
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death…” (Rom. 8:1-2).
Also, God does not subject us to a “life sentence” of estrangement because we have sinned. Instead, He continues to draw us with lovingkindness to Himself (Jer. 31:3). He also continues to love us with an everlasting and unconditional love (Jer. 31:3). God also takes His commitment to our relationship with Him one step further and restores us to Himself when He promises that He “…again…will build thee, and thou shalt be built…” (Jer. 31:4).
What does this mean for us? It means that regardless of how often we fail through our sin, our Heavenly Father will never discard His affection for us. His whole agenda for our lives becomes focused upon restoring us to sonship and ensuring that we never walk upon that path again.
Does this give us a license to live lawlessly? God forbid (Rom. 6:1-2)! It gives us an opportunity to embrace the truly abundant life of righteousness that can only be found through our faith in and the Blood of Jesus Christ. This is how we become absolved of our former sinful practices.
Take a moment to reflect upon where you are and where God has brought you from…then offer thanks unto Him because He no longer sees you in this way. You are sons and daughters of God who are now clothed in righteousness and salvation (Ps. 132:9, 16). So walk in it!