Devotionals by Bob Christopher, Bob Davis and Richard Peifer

God remembers your sins no more!

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Hear


See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many (Hebrews 12:15).

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Believe


We keep a record of wrongs, every harsh thing anyone has said to us, and every injustice we have ever experienced. It’s what sin, the flesh and the world dictate us to do. We can pull these lists up at any time and use them against others. These lists are so detailed, we can recount an argument that happened years ago almost word for word.

We keep these lists because at some point we want to even the score, or even worse, we want to get ahead in the tally.

And it’s not just the wrongs of others. We record all the wrong things that we have thought, said or done. When something bad happens to us, we judge it to be God evening the score, getting us back for something we’ve done in the past. This is just how natural man operates.

Here is how it works. People can and do hurt us and hurt us deeply. The sad thing is that we do the same to others. When we get hurt by the actions of others, we keep a record of the event in vivid detail. We know the who, what, when, and how, and we give a lot of brain time to figuring out the why. All this opens the door for resentment to creep in and set up shop in our minds.

The writer of Hebrews issued this warning with regard to resentment and bitterness: “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many” (Hebrews 12:15). Resentment is not content to merely stew. It wants to cause trouble. All kinds of evil thoughts begin racing through the mind, hatching a plan for revenge. That is the way our minds work when bitterness takes hold.

Evil acts toward others don’t just happen. They begin in the mind. In God’s mind, however, there is no evil. He is love. As James wrote, God cannot be tempted with evil, nor does he tempt anyone with evil. No, “each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed” (James 1:14). God is the source of all that is good in our lives. Every good and perfect gift comes from him. Forgiveness of sins is one of those good and perfect gifts.

John wrote this: “I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name” (1 John 2:12). Did you know that you are a forgiven person in Christ? God reconciled you to himself in Christ. He does not count your sins against you (2 Corinthians 5:19). Whenever you sin, God is not resentful, nor does he think evil. And that sin doesn’t get recorded in God’s spreadsheet. God’s spreadsheet is empty. He does not keep a record of your wrongs.

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Live


God isn’t thinking about all the things you did wrong yesterday or today. Jesus died for all your sins once and for all. In this New Covenant, he chooses to remember them no more. That’s good news. Let this love tear up all the lists you have of the wrongs you have suffered. It will do your relationships good. Love thinks no evil; love keeps no records of wrongs.

In Him,

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Bob Christopher

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About Bob Christopher, Bob Davis and Richard Peifer


Bob Christopher
: Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Bob grew up in a Christian home and received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 13. During his high school and college years, Bob’s deepest desire was to be “God’s guy” and yet he struggled with the question of how to live the Christian life.

His "roller-coaster" experience in living the Christian life eventually led him to a bible study where he discovered what he was missing—the life of Jesus Christ.

Bob says: “Salvation isn’t a self-improvement program. Salvation is receiving and experiencing new life altogether. It’s a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ based on His love and truth”.

Bob Davis: In the summer of 1977, at the age of 33, Bob Davis met the living Christ and invited Jesus to take control of his life. Much of his first five years in Christ found Bob attending Bible conferences and seminars, listening to Christian radio, and performing volunteer ministry services.

Bob spent many years in the fields of broadcasting and audio production for Christian radio and as a result of this work, the message of grace penetrated his heart and he embraced his new life in Christ.

Bob says: “I thank God I’ve had the opportunity to serve these many years. It has been an incredible journey of learning, growth, and opportunity for ministry.”

Richard Peifer: Born in Riverside, California and raised in the Seventh-day Adventist church, Richard grew up with a keen understanding of and desire to keep The Law. Even with a degree in Ministerial Studies, Richard had to face the truth – he knew lots of theological and biblical facts, but there was no reality of the abundant life Jesus promised. He left ministry and spent the next twenty-six years in the high tech industry.

During this time, Richard and his wife, Lois, studied to discover what they really believed. The more Richard learned about the love and grace of God, the more he wanted to help others leave the bondage of legalism and rest in the finished work of Christ Jesus.

Richard says: “This statement by James Ryle has been the undergirding message of my ministry: Grace is the empowering presence of God, enabling me to be who He has called me to be and to do what He has called me to do.”

Andrew Farley: Andrew is a member of the Basic Gospel board of directors, senior pastor of Ecclesia: Church Without Religion in Lubbock, Texas, and bestselling author of five Christian books. Andrew is a weekly contributing host of Basic Gospel and shares the life-changing message of the finished work of Jesus Christ in a calm, sometimes comical, always passionate way.

Andrew says: “Basic Gospel Radio proclaims the finished work of Jesus Christ and the beautiful, liberating implications of what it means for us to live under God’s new covenant of grace.”


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