Dusty Road to Forgiveness


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In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he wrote, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do:  forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before…” (Phil. 3:13-14).

Paul’s exhortation is for 0ur ears also. Have we become too comfortable in our apprehended state?  Do we feel that we have arrived merely because of our age or years of service to the Lord?  Does our Christian life reflect maturity in our walk with the Lord?

Sometimes we feel we are on the right highway, yet other times we’re tossed about with the wind.  Christ is so close sometimes we can feel the hem of His garment!  On the other hand, we tremble like children in the presence of unknown paths ahead.  “O ye of little faith!”

Someone has well said:  “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday!”  Are we choosing to allow the past to handicap us for our future?  Do our mistakes, our weaknesses from our past still cling to us like festering sores?  If we truly have been forgiven and redeemed by the blood of Christ, the sordid past is long gone, like dust in the whirlwind.

There’s a song along this line:

If I have wounded any soul today,

If I have caused one foot to go astray,

If I have walked in my own willful way,

Dear Lord, forgive!


If I have uttered idle words or vain,

If I have turned aside from want or pain,

Lest I myself shall suffer through the strain,

Dear Lord, forgive!


If I have been perverse or hard, or cold,

If I have longed for shelter in Thy fold,

When Thou hast given me some fort to hold,

Dear Lord, forgive!


Forgive the sins I have confessed to Thee;

Forgive the secret sins I do not see;

O guide me, love me and my keeper be,

Dear Lord, forgive!


~~C. Maude Battersby

Source: African American Heritage Hymnal #366


1 John 2:28 tells us, “And now, little children, abide in Him; that when He shall appear, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”


Almighty God and Father, grant us this day the strength and courage to remain faithful to You and Your commandments.  Whatever our circumstances, whatever our past, walk with us into our future, because without You, we shall lose our way.  Enable us to keep the faith, run the race, and enter into Your glorious presence with tears of great joy and love for Your loving-kindness towards us.  In Jesus’ name…Amen