When I was a young teen I got myself in some trouble and even spent one very long day in jail. I admit there are a lot of people who would look at one day as some pretty light time for stealing, but being locked up even for a few minutes can be a life-changing experience. It sure was for me! For years I remember applying for jobs and having to indicate on applications that I had a criminal record. When I went into the military I actually had to get a waiver just to have them consider allowing me to enlist. Until I turned 23 my “sins” were available for anyone in law enforcement to pull up on the screen. It was a terrible feeling.
On a spiritual note, for about 25 years I always felt like I had a criminal record with God–that He would never even consider allowing me to “apply” for entrance into His presence. And then I learned that we all–every human on earth–also has a criminal record with God. And along with it, I learned that through Christ, the Father is ever ready to erase it from His memory.
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 26:28)