April 16, 2018

Psalm 25:6–7 (NLT) — 6 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. 7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord.

Cleo and I are going to have supper next Friday night with a few of my high school classmates down in Eagan, MN. We are going to be in the area for a Truebridge conference so this was good planning and timing.

I am pretty sure that some of our sentences will begin with, “Do you remember the time…”.

Now I am also sure that some of us may be hoping that not everything is remembered from those days long ago. Perhaps it is  blessing that as we age we do tend to forget things:)

David, the writer of Psalm 25 had certainly did some things that he wasn’t proud of, things that had led to lying, murder and adultery. He also was not the best of fathers. His relationship with his children was very strained and he had, in direct disobedience to God, numbered his troops. And because he mentions his youth, although when compared to God we are all young, there are I am sure many sins that we don’t know about.

So he asks God to deal with him, not on the basis of what God knows about him, but on the basis of God’s compassion, unfailing love and mercy.

This last week we all heard about the tragedy of the six year old boy who died in our city because two adults abused him. The pictures and names of the two adults were put in the newspaper for all of us to see.

What if they were repentant and asked us to not remember them for those sins but to remember them with compassion, unfailing love and mercy? Could we do it? Would we want to do it? Now perhaps you can understand how compassionate, loving and merciful our heavenly Father really is.

Because of Easter our heavenly Father does exactly that. He remembers us not according to what we have done but according to what his Son has done. And because of the blood of Jesus our Father does not remember us according to our sins. In his eyes we have a clean record and he showers us with his compassion, love and mercy. Talk about Reckless Love! WOW!

We can all be that reckless. We don’t have to remember people for their shortcomings, mistakes and downright evilness. The Holy Spirit put God’s love in our hearts the day we received Jesus. It is up to us to extend that love.

Romans 5:5 (NLT) — 5 For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

How do you want people to remember you? Would you be willing to remember them the same way?

Matthew 7:12 (NLT) — 12 “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

P.S. I am not saying that those two adults shouldn’t be brought to justice; forgiven sin does still have consequences. I am just pointing out the incredible love of God and reminding us that but for the grace of God you and me could have been those two adults. In fact it was our abuse of Jesus that hung him on the cross and killed him.



  1. If our compassion does not extend beyond the boy, then our judgement (sin) will begin. Pastor Jeremy’s message yesterday was very convicting. When things like this happen it’s so easy to say or have thoughts like…what were they thinking?….how could they do that?…what’s wrong with them? Any of these questions could have been asked about some of the things I’ve done in my life. Like David, I don’t want to be remembered by them either. There is no differences in our sin. Jesus blood was shed as much for a murderer as it was for someone who tells a little white lie. At the cross Jesus questioned no one. He easily forgave us and quietly died out of his great love and compassion for everyone. It was then and still is now an indescribable sacrifice. We need to extend that same love and compassion for others as fellow sinners…saved or not.