I was dreading church last night. I knew I had to ask forgiveness for my “foolish talk” (see Ephesians 5:4 and Talk). We have not had Wednesday night services for two weeks because of Thanksgiving and the Christmas decorating night. This was my first opportunity.
Embarrassed, I humbly apologized. His response? “I don’t remember what you are referring to, but I forgive you. I love your heart.”
When I was reading about Rahab today, I thought God said the same thing to her.
Joshua 6:22, “Meanwhile, Joshua said to the two spies, ‘Keep your promise. Go to the prostitute’s house and bring her out, along with all her family.’ ” New Living Translation
We remember Rahab’s sin; she was Rahab, the prostitute. But God saw her heart. She asked for forgiveness and started serving the one true God. How do I know?
Matthew 1:5, “Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab).” New Living Translation
Rahab married Salmon, from the tribe of Judah, and her son Boaz was in the lineage of Christ. Maybe this is why Boaz was still single in his middle age. No one wanted to give their daughter to the son of Rahab, the prostitute.
But God forgives and forgets. In Matthew, Rahab is not listed as “the prostitute.” And, where others would not forget her sin, God made a way in spite of it. He brought Ruth from Moab to marry Boaz. Since she was the childless widow of Kilion, a relative had to marry her to carry on Kilion’s name ( see Ruth 1:5 and Levirate). We will read their love story on December 23rd.
Dear Father God,
I am grateful that You can always see my heart. I am grateful that when You forgive, You forget! Help me to forgive others.
In Jesus Name,
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