“I will put my law within them, on their heart; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. … They shall all know me …,” declares the Eternal, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:33–34
One of the benefits of being forgiven is being able to know God; not just to know about God, but to be so in tune with him that we resonate with everything that tugs his heart strings. When we know God, we experience his faithfulness to his promises and the extravagance of his grace that he expresses in useful kindness to us. However, if God remembered our sin, so that when we came into his presence or when he initiated contact with us, we repulsed him, we could not have any intimate knowledge of him. We would not experience the One who said, “The fullness of the earth is my glory.” But God forgives because his overarching purpose is to experience the joy of sharing the glory of his goodness with his creatures—forever. To have this joy he stops holding our sins against us. He casts them infinitely far away. Therefore we would be wise to come to him eagerly with repentant hearts. We should be diligent to have Jesus lift our guilt from our backs and place it on his. Then we should take advantage of the intimacy his forgiveness provides and enjoy our peace with God.
What a comfort it is, O Lord, to know that you are not repulsed by me; even more, that you now delight to have me in your presence. Grant me the joy of knowing you and making you known. Amen.