For quite a long time, I’ve given thanks to God because my sins are forgiven. I’ve expressed my thanks every day (after, of course, I’ve confessed my sin to the Lord). There’s nothing wrong with that – in fact, it’s a good idea.
But about a week ago, I made a small change. No, I didn’t stop being thankful, thankfully! I changed my wording. Now I’m not saying, “I’m thankful my sins are forgiven,” but instead praying, “Lord, I’m thankful that You have forgiven my sins.”
I made the change because I realized my old statement, while true enough, was vague and focused in the wrong direction – me. The new statement is more specific and focused on God, not me. After all, God is one who has forgiven my sins – it didn’t happen out of nowhere. My sins weren’t just forgiven by themselves! God forgave them based on the shed blood of the spotless Son of God, Jesus Christ.
The Scriptures are clear – “If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us or sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
It’s a small change, but maybe it isn’t.