“The sin of Judah is written down with an iron stylus; with a diamond point it is engraved upon the tablet of their heart, And on the horns of their altars.” Jeremiah 17:1
You’re no good.
God can’t use you.
You will never be forgiven.
These were just some of the words I was telling myself. I was caught in a habitual sin and could not get out of it. No matter how much willpower I exerted or how many times I confessed my sin to God, I still found myself entangled in sin. Frustrated, I gave up. I began to believe the lies I was telling myself. Like the scripture above, I had written my sin on my heart with an iron stylus, never to be eradicated.
During the time of Jeremiah, Jesus had not yet served as our sacrifice. Therefore, the sins of the people were forever remembered, atoned for only with animal sacrifices. Those people had not experienced the hope that could only be found through Christ’s death and resurrection. The shame weighed so heavily on them it was difficult to overcome it.
But times have changed. Through Jesus, we have new life! No longer does my sin have to be written by an iron stylus on my heart. Instead, it is engraved on the palms of Jesus’ nail scarred hands, covered over by his blood.
Just as I don’t have to carry the burden of my sin; neither do you. No longer does our sin have to be engraved upon our hearts, a remembrance of our past failures. With accepting Christ’s hope and forgiveness, my sin is erased and my name gets to be written in permanent ink—into his book of life.
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