By Alan Smith
I heard this story about the owner of a Rolls Royce. It
certainly sounds as if could be true:
The great British automaker takes great pride in the reliability
of their handcrafted automobiles. An obviously wealthy owner of a Rolls
took it to Europe on an extended trip. While traveling in France the car
had some mechanical problem. He called the Rolls Royce factory and asked
that they send out a mechanic straightaway to fix the problem.
The company responded in royal fashion. They put a mechanic
on a private jet with all of the necessary tools and flew him over to France to
make the repairs. The owner was so wealthy that he wasn't at all
concerned about the cost, and he would not spare any expense to assure that his
beloved Rolls Royce was properly repaired.
However, after several months he realized he had not received a
bill. He directed his secretary to contact the Rolls Royce factory to
inquire about the bill. He received a prompt reply from the Rolls Royce
company. With typical British aplomb, it said simply, "We have no
recollection or record of any Rolls Royce having ever had a breakdown or being
in need of repair anywhere in France."
That reminds me of how God treats us when he forgives us of sin.
Sometimes we have a harder time forgiving ourselves than does God. We
sometimes feel weighed down with the burden of guilt long after God has removed
the burden of sin. We need to follow God's instructions to find
forgiveness, then trust that God has kept his promise to forgive. Like
Rolls Royce, God says, "I have no recollection or record of any sin being
committed." Take comfort from these words:
"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed
our transgressions from us." (Psa. 103:12)
"For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their
sins and their iniquities will I remember no more." (Heb. 8:12)
Praise be to the God who "forgets" when He forgives!
Have a great day!
- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought
For Today," and minister for the Fayetteville Church of Christ in
Fayetteville, NC, may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org