If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:14-15 NLT
I confess that I’m still a work in progress when it comes to admitting fault and granting forgiveness, but God has brought me a long way from where I used to be. This subject often reminds me of a classic scene from the vintage TV series Happy Days where the Fonz battles being too cool to admit he was wrong. He keeps trying to get the words out of his mouth: “I was wr... wr...” Then he settles for “I wasn’t exactly right.” Eventually he admits his fault, but it is quite a process.
How are you when it comes to admitting fault and asking for forgiveness? What about granting forgiveness to others who’ve wronged you? Jesus made it clear in the opening verses (and in many others) that the way we treat others when it comes to forgiveness is ultimately how our Heavenly Father will treat us. How will that work out for you? Hopefully, pretty well! But I know for me that God had to open my eyes to see that His standard of righteousness was more unbiased and eternally more important than my own standard. When it finally became apparent to me that I needed way more forgiveness from God than anyone would ever need from me, my life (and destiny) began to change.
The Apostle Paul also reminds us of our call to forgive based on the forgiveness we have received through Christ: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32 NIV). Let’s ask God to continue to help us grow in not being too cool to grant forgiveness and to seek forgiveness from others.
Parker Firehouse Church
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18
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