Words from the Heart for Monday February 8th, 2021
And forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
Matthew 6:12 (NLT)
Forgive Us Our Sins
Google “sin in Canada” and you get all sorts of interesting search results. Most of the results have to do with our SIN number – as one comedian said, Canada is the only country in the world that you need a number in order to sin. Also, when you Google “sin in Canada” you get ads for a nail polish called “Sinful Colours.” My favourite is a link that asks, “Is your SIN expired,” but, speaking about your Social Insurance Number, not your failures.
I recently read a book a friend of mine has written – the story of her life, witnessing to the goodness of Jesus over the decades. At one point she is dealing with someone she was finding impossible to forgive until she realizes that, “I had built a prison cell, and I was the inmate.” Jesus was very clear in His teaching that unless we forgive others, God will not forgive us. There is no out here – the command is very clear. That’s the context of Jesus’ teaching on prayer. In Matthew 6:12 we read “And forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” How often do we pray that prayer, part of what we call the Lord’s Prayer, without even thinking of the words? So, let’s stop for a moment and consider what we are praying. “Lord, forgive me in the same way and to the same extent as I have forgiven others.” How would God answer that question? Can you pray that with the full assurance that Jesus will forgive you? If not, who do you need to forgive in order to be assured that you will experience God’s forgiveness? The next step is yours.
These have been words from the heart.