“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.” Luke 11:4
Tonight while I was out for a walk, I thought of how God knew all about me and yet He still loves, protects and blesses me. What may surprise me about myself, is not a surprise to Him. What may surprise you about me does not surprise God.
However, He does teach me to confess my sins. I am grateful for His compassion. My gratitude is demonstrated by forgiving those who have sinned against me. There is a relationship to redemptive change and becoming a forgiving person.
Do you remember the story Jesus told of the ungrateful man who was forgiven a enormous debt he couldn’t pay? Forgiveness and mercy were shown to him when he asked for it. Almost immediately he showed no mercy or forgiveness to someone who owed him a small debt. When his debtor asked him for forgivness, he refused and had him incarcerated.
Jesus’ equated this horrid man’s evil to blasphemy. The wicked man came under a severe judgment for his failure to forgive.
Forgiven? Yes. Forgiving. God help me to be like Jesus!
Peace and Joy!