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High School Reunions
by Jenny on January 13th, 2015

"Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of Your unfailing love, for You are merciful, O Lord." Psalm 25:7

High school reunions evoke a wide range of emotions for most people. Alumni feel joy over seeing long-lost faces and anticipation over hearing and sharing stories of life change. Even feelings of vanity arise as we try to shed a few of those unwanted pounds before reuniting with former classmates. Yet I believe another emotion commonly emerges as we contemplate seeing those who knew us back then: regret over choices made in the ignorance of youth.

Pictures of old have begun to surface as my twenty-year high school reunion fast approaches. Its not just my spikin' bangs that make me cringe (with all that hairspray my hair was a combustion reaction waiting to happen!) . . . its remembering choices I made back then that makes the memory of my high school years a bit hard to face.

It was as a young teenager that I remember making a profession of faith in Christ. On a Colorado mountaintop the effects of my sin came into full view and I recognized my need for a Savior. However, it took many years for me to embrace, to walk in, to pursue the newness of life Christ offers to His followers. For several years after my cry for a Savior I continued in rebellion against God. Some people would question--indeed, even I have questioned--whether I was truly saved that Spring day on top of a snow-capped mountain . . .

But none of that matters anymore.

In Psalm 25:7 David writes, "Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of Your unfailing love, for You are merciful, O Lord."

I may have a hard time forgetting the sins of my youth but 1 John 1:9 tells me that if I confess my sins to God, God is faithful and just to forgive me and to cleanse me from my inequity. Psalm 103:12 tells me that God not only forgives my sin but He removes my sin from me as far as the east is from the west.

God is omniscient. God knows all things. But in Isaiah 43:25 God says, "I--yes, I alone--will blot out your sins for My own sake and will never think of them again."  Its not that God forgets our sin. Rather, God chooses to "remember our sin no more."

Over two-thousand years ago Jesus died once for all time to cover all sin--the sins of our youth as well as the sin we [inadvertently] commit today. Those who profess their faith in Christ stand free of guilt, shame and condemnation before God (Isaiah 6:7, Psalm 25:3, Romans 8:1). I may remember my sin but because of the work of Christ on the cross, I stand neither guilty nor condemned of those sins any longer. Instead, I stand firm in the unfailing love and mercy of God.

I may feel uncertain about the exact moment of my Salvation, but I know this:

I am no longer the person I once was.

That, in itself, is proof of my security in Christ. Only Christ in me can bring about life change (2 Corinthians 5:17). Christ begins to dwell in us once we profess Him as Savior (Ephesians 1:13).

Why have I risked the embarrassment of publically discussing my past sin?

Because I spend a great deal of time sharing with other women about newness of life. I would be remiss if I failed to embrace that same freedom for myself.

Twenty years later I know my debit is paid. The Good News? So is yours.

"'Come now, let us reason together,' says the LORD. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool'" (Isaiah 1:18).

God has invited each of us to join Him in perhaps the greatest reunion of all time. Will you make plans to attend? If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, your reservation to Heaven's reunion will be secure (Romans 10:9).

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