The Sins of My Youth

Lou Lotz

READ : Psalm 25:1-7

Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me. (v. 7)

How people enjoy rubbing a white glove over someone’s past, and then inspecting the dirt with relish. Remembering the sins of someone’s youth—their sordid past—is a way of putting them and keeping them in their place. Let a woman be named Citizen of the Year, and people will still recall the night, years ago, when she was ticketed for drunk driving. Let a man be named CEO of a great company, and people will still whisper about how, years ago, he was expelled from school for rowdy behavior.

Let me tell you who your friends are: a friend is someone who knows you, but chooses not to remember the sins of your youth. A friend does not dredge up and recollect your sordid past. A friend forgets what you’ve done, but doesn’t forget you.

Isn’t that what we want from God—remember me, but do not remember my sins? And isn’t that precisely how God deals with us! “I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,” says God, “and I will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25). Other people may remember the sins of your youth, but God forgets, forgives. God does not remember your sins. God remembers you.

PRAYER

Lord, forget my sins, but do not forget me.