READING Jeremiah 31:31-34
Is there anything more beautiful than the feeling of being forgiven? You’ve made a mistake, you’ve hurt someone else, and there is nothing you can say or do to remit the consequences of your sin – and you know it. Yet, the person you’ve sinned against looks you right in your eyes and says some version of, “I love you, and I forgive you. Our relationship is restored to trust and peace.” That’s what God is doing here. He knows better than the Israelites the many ways that His original covenant with them has been broken. But rather than just throw it away and start over with another group of people, God commits to an even better covenant with the same unfaithful people – not because they are somehow less likely to stray, but because of His great love. He isn’t holding their sins over their heads, and they aren’t waiting for the axe to fall. He promises that their past sins will be completely erased, and perfect trust will be restored between the Creator and His beloved creation.
For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.