Rediscovering Music & Forgiveness

by Pat on August 21, 2012

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Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us.  – Romans 8:33

There are very few things I love more than discovering a new and amazing album.  I can still tell you where I was when I saw the “Little Lion Man” video (expletive warning) by Mumford & Sons and heard “This Is The Life” by Amy MacDonald for the first time.  But almost as incredible as a really great new album is rediscovering an old album anew.  You know what I mean – the day when you find that old Hootie & The Blowfish CD under the basement couch and sing every word doing the dishes…  That time that you put ALL of your iTunes music on shuffle and realized how much you actually miss Macy Gray (even though you’re the only one).  You get the idea.

Just recently I rediscovered my absolute obsession with Relient K.  Their albums range from the raw (“Relient K”) to the goofy (“The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek”) to the wacky Christmas (“Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand”).  But I still think their greatest offering is “MMHMM” from back in ’04.  Every song is really terrific, but one has really stood out to me recently.  Enjoy “I So Hate Consequences”:


In my own life, in my family and in the ministry that I’m blessed to do, the theme of self-forgiveness has been a recurring one.  It takes a lot of humility to admit to others and to God that we’ve screwed up, sinned, and need forgiveness.  But even when you’ve been forgiven by God (on the cross) and everyone else (maybe after a long time), you still have to seek forgiveness from the least merciful person of all –  yourself.

Listen, we all hate consequences.  My daughter is just learning about the eternal torture of the “timeout.”  In high school, I thought grounding was a human rights violation.  I can’t stand the feeling that something is off between my bride and I.  Sins are real and they come with real consequences – that’s what we brought on ourselves in the Garden.

But that’s just it – we bring all of these consequences on ourselves!  For all the times we think of God as a mean and frivolous uncle, He wants nothing more than our return, our repentance and our love.  The song says it better than I could in its climax:

When I got tired of running from you
I stopped right there to catch my breath
There your words they caught my ears
You said, “I miss you son, come home”

And my sins, they watched me leave
And in my heart I so believed
The love you felt for me was mine
The love I’d wished for all this time

And when the doors were closed
I heard no I told so’s
I said the words I knew you knew
Oh God, oh God I needed you
God all this time I needed you, I needed you

So ask God to forgive you in Confession.  Ask your loved ones to forgive you now, not later.  And ask for the grace to forgive yourself.  Because God loves you enough to want your freedom from everything – especially the petty consequences of sin.

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