Reading: Jeremiah 31: 31-34
God promises a new covenant. God promises a covenant in which God’s ways will be on our minds and written on our hearts. The faith will become something personal. It will become something we live. In stead of going to worship to simply get our fill or to be tuned up, our faith will be instilled within us all of the time. It will be a faith based upon God’s love. It will be a faith that does not carry the guilt and shame that many of the Israelites have been hauling around for years and years.
Verse 34 promises that God will forgive our sins and remember them no more. Instead of bearing the shame of one parent’s or grandparent’s sins or fearing how your sins will forever taint your children’s or grandchildren’s lives, one will be able to be freed from one’s own sins and their consequences. Through the new covenant, made real in Jesus Christ, faith will become personal and be between just God and you. What a new covenant!
While the idea of our sins being our sins alone and the idea that God will remember our sins no more is wonderful news, it is also scary. A distant, lived out through others faith is much easier in many ways. Having God’s ways in our minds and on our hearts ups the ante. When God is constantly with us doesn’t that increase the expectations? If God is always near, doesn’t that mean we always live and act as God would act?
These things are indeed the goal. Of course, being human and far less than God, we are not perfect. But when God forgives and remembers our sins no more, we are made new and are right back on track. To receive this forgiveness, all we need to do is repent and ask. Through our personal relationship with Jesus, His blood makes us new again. Then we return instantly to a right relationship with God, loving God and neighbor as we are called to, bringing glory to the name of Jesus.