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Peacemaker Ministries Devotional: As Far As The East

by P. Brian Noble / January 24, 2020

Scripture

As far as the east is from the west,

              so far does he remove our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12, ESV)

Thoughts

Psalm 103 is beautiful! In the first few verses, King David commands his mind, will, and emotions to bless God. He says to himself, “Thoughts, I want you to bless God. Emotions, bless God. Desires, bless God.” Then he moves on to blessing the name of God, and he remembers that God forgives, heals, redeems, and crowns us with love and mercy. David proclaims how God wraps us with goodness, renews our youth, and helps the victim to stand back up again. Then in verse 10 he looks up to God and declares that God doesn’t hold grudges or extorts payment from us for our sins.

In our verse for today, King David says the unimaginable: God removes our sin as far as the east is from the west. Wow! How far is that? If I go to all the way to the east, there is no end to it, just more east. If I go all the way to the west, the same thing happens; going west is endless. On the other hand, if I am going north, eventually I will reach the North Pole and begin heading south. Or if I go all the way to Antarctica, I will run out of south! It’s hard to think of a better way than David has said it: God has removed our sin to an infinitely far distance.

Application

How far does yourforgiveness reach? Do you have a north-south forgiveness or an east-west forgiveness? Think of a relationship that you are currently struggling with. In this relationship, do you have limited forgiveness? Limited grace and mercy?

Having forgiveness that is unlimited doesn’t remove justice—no need to worry about that. True forgiveness acknowledges the reality of sin and proves that justice is needed. As you think about forgiving this person without limits, you may argue, But if I entrust this to God, he will just forgive the person!Be assured that God will not wink at sin or excuse it. He had to pay the highest price—his Son Jesus—to pay for our sins. God loves justice and all his ways are just.

   I will proclaim the name of the Lord; how glorious is our God!

   He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair.

   He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!

     (Deuteronomy 32:3-4, NLT)

Prayer

God, I bless you. Help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me. Help me to trust you in all matters and to believe that you are just…. Continue praying.

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.

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