The picture on the right is of a ring I wear nearly every day. Besides my wedding ring and a necklace with the names of my children engraved on it, this ring is about the only consistent piece of jewelry I wear. The word forgiven is engraved into the ring and serves as a gentle reminder to me that nothing else matters really except for the forgiveness and life I have in Christ.
On the inside of the ring, Eph. 1:7 is engraved.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Ephesians 1:7
Sometimes, I think about things I have done in the past and the struggle even now to live a life that models Christ to others. I get caught up in wondering whether or not I’m “good enough” for the Lord. Truthfully, I’m not good enough for Him. No one is.
Often, my human desires get in the way of keeping my eyes, mind, and heart focused on Heavenly intentions. I set goals that will enhance my walk with the Lord, but then fall short of completing them. I get up every day saying and praying that I would act in ways pleasing to Him and that the love of Christ would show through my actions. Then….life happens. I get upset about something, or make a snap judgement about a situation, or not offer the same amount of grace that the Lord has given me over and over again, and that feeling of failing the Lord sinks in.
During these moments, I look down at my ring and see FORGIVEN. It serves as a quiet reminder to me that He has already chosen His grace over my flaws. He loves me despite all the messes I have made and will make until the day my eyes look upon Him. I am already forgiven for things of the past and the times I acted as if I did not know Him. Nothing will change the mighty forgiveness of the Lord.
His love is unfailing, His blood is redeeming, His mercy is miraculous, and His forgiveness is forever.