“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Matthew 25:30-32 ESV
After a great weekend with family, my daughter said “Mommy, I hope that when you get to Heaven you can go back and watch yourself in a video and see all the fun stuff you did.” “Oh, we will.”, I replied, “Unfortunately, there will be times that we won’t want to see again because we made the wrong decisions and will regret them.” She said, “Oh, yeah! There are a few memories I would like to erase.” It doesn’t matter if we are 9 or 90 years old. There will always be sin in our lives. Sin that Jesus will gladly cover with His blood if we ask with humble repentant hearts.
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of my covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26:27-29 ESV
We don’t have to shed blood with our vengeance, deceit, regret, anger, shame or hate – Jesus has done that and God continues to do it on our behalf. When we belong to Him, He will edit out those regretful, angry, sinful moments of our lives. He covers them with His blood. It takes mighty faith and trust to leave our adversaries, tongue, heart and actions in God’s hands, but it is only then that we begin to live without the strongholds and trouble of sin that creep in and entangle our hearts. There is a reason Solomon wrote “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23. Allow God into your heart. He will mend it, clean it, strengthen it and edit out all that hinders you from serving Him and His people with a heart full of love.
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. But with an overflowing flood he will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness. Nahum 1:7-8 ESV