Have you ever played tug of war? It’s when two teams line up at opposite sides of a giant rope. On the count of three, both teams tug at the rope trying to pull the other team over to their side. Usually, the rope starts to burn one teams hands so much, they let go and the other team goes tumbling onto the ground.
Sometimes Jesus and I can get into a tug of war. Along my daily walk, I pick up a giant rope. The rope is a new sin I have acquired. It doesn’t take long until I feel a tug on the rope. That’s Jesus. He begins to tug hoping I’ll decide to let go of the giant rope. I’m not ready to give the sin up, so I tug back.
But Jesus is persistent. He knows this rope is keeping me from the abundant life He has planned for me, so He tugs again- harder and longer. We tug back and forth until my hands are blistered, and my face is dripping in sweat. Finally, I yell “OK Jesus! I’m sorry I sinned. Please forgive me.”
As soon as I ask for forgiveness, Jesus says, “Sure” and He lets go of His end of the rope. But I can’t let go of my end of the rope because I am so ashamed of this massive tug of war I had with Jesus. What was I thinking? So I go about my day, lugging this giant rope around with me. I’m not sinning, but I just can’t let go of the pain and the memory of my sin. Unfortunately I’m stressed and exhausted from dragging this giant rope around with me.
Then Jesus walks up to me and says, “You look terrible. What’s the matter?”
I reply, “Well, I’m still dragging this rope around and it’s really heavy and I even have cuts in my hands from it.”
And do you know what Jesus say? He says “What rope?”
I wave the rope at Him saying, “This rope right here. Remember that massive tug of war we had? I still can’t believe I got mixed up with this stupid rope to begin with. Don’t you remember?”
Jesus says, “No, I never remember a rope once I let go of it. You should let go of the rope too.”
Jesus does not want you to drag around sins He has already forgiven. Hebrews 10:17 says, “God will remember your sins no more.” The sin you have been forgiven for but still get’s stuck in your head- God remembers it no more. The sin that keeps you from reaching out and caring for others- God remembers it no more. The sin that blackens the abundant life that God intends for you- God remembers it no more.
There’s no reason for you to carry this burden. Let go of the rope dear friend. If Jesus let go of your forgiven sin, you can too.