And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors. – Matthew 6:12
One thing that unites us all is our need for God’s forgiveness. Whether we sin knowingly or unknowingly we desperately need God to wipe our slate clean again and again and again. A huge part of God’s character that I am reminded of day by day is his willingness to forgive. Every day I ask the same thing and each time I’m filled with increasing gratitude and joy and wonder, because God is a such a forgiving God.
It seems impossible to grasp why. Why would God choose to forgive us when we turn our backs on him? It feels irrational, but God shows us this way that he is so different and set apart from us in his capacity to forgive and forgive and forgive.
As we spend time with the God let’s focus on restoring our close fellowship with Him.
Take a good amount of time to ask Him the question: “Lord, what do you need me to repent of today?”
And as God starts to bring to the surface areas in which you fall short, be quick to say that you need His forgiveness. Let’s draw close to Him in humility.
Peter once asked, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me and I
forgive him? As many as 7 times?” For Peter — and I’m sure for many of us — forgiving someone even seven times seems challenging, and beyond our natural response.
Would I be able to forgive a stranger who had coughed on me while I was walking down the street? And what if my household became sick the next day because of it?
And could I forgive that person if they happened to cough on me again the next week? Or would I ever be able to forgive someone who said something racist towards a friend of mine? It seems so difficult to forgive something like that.
Yet Jesus responded, “I do not say to you seven times but seventy-seven.”
As believers in Jesus we are to reflect God’s character in our own lives, and that includes God’s incredible willingness to forgive.
Today as you spend time with the Lord, consider your heart and attitude towards
those who sin against you. Deeply consider if you forgive as much as God urges
Ask God to remind you of times when you felt you couldn’t forgive – through this we can begin to realise how much of a forgiving God we have.
Let’s choose to reflect God’s forgiveness today and always to those around us, for his glory.