Psalm 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.”
Micah 7:19, “You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”
Jeremiah 31:34, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
God reveals relationship in vivid metaphor. Sin removed as far as the east is removed from the west. The stark contrast of scarlet and snow. Sins plummeting to the depths of the sea. An all-powerful, all-knowing God choosing to forget, and remember our sins no more.
The imagery of forgiveness.
Our Father forgives. He heals. He restores. He delivers. He rescues.
Through divine prerogative and divine covenant and divine eyes He sees us not for our sin, not for our shame, not for our rebellion, but for who we are through Jesus.
He sees us clearly and in such a way we often find it difficult to see ourselves. As whole. As holy. As righteous. As forgiven.
Galatians 3:27, “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
He sees us through Jesus.
Glory to God!
The next discipline explored in Dissident Discipleship is what Augsburger calls Habitual Humility.
Habitual Humility “is the primary evidence, the undeniable sign of Christian discipleship. Humility is the sincere concern for the good of others balanced with simple gratitude for the gift of ones self, shown in a genuine willingness to serve the neighbor and heard in the gentile laughter of self-effacing humor” (p99).
Augsburger defines Habitual Humility as “unpretentious personhood.”
The spiritual discipline of Habitual Humility requires a proper view of God and the relationship He extends through Jesus Christ. As the believer develops an abiding faith in Christ and a healthy, spiritual perspective of what God has accomplished on our behalf through the cross and resurrection of Jesus, humility in our lives lived before Almighty God is revealed in every facet of who we are. Humility is a sign of maturity. And is reflective of a healthy approach to the Gospel message. Habitual Humility is easily evident in our perspective of faith and within the relationships with others (especially those with whom we disagree). Do we love our neighbor? Do we act justly? How do we see the poor? Do we love mercy? Are we a people identified by mercy? Do we walk humbly with God?
Only when we fully grasp the love of God revealed in Christ and the fullness of the relationship that God extends, will our continual response to Him and to others be as it should be: a lifestyle characterized by humility, and a yielding to Him so that His glory may be evident in us.
Glory to God!