Every morning on our drive to school, which is six miles from where we live, I pray with my grandson and I always end by saying, “And now we pray as Jesus taught His disciples, Our Father…” For the past few days when I get to the part that says, “And forgive us” I really stop and think about it. Am I a forgiving person?
I reminded Gabe of an incident that happened when he was about eight when I tried to explain that phrase in the Lord’s Prayer to him. He was angry with a friend (a girl) who had not returned his text messages. I explained to him that she was at volleyball camp and was unable to return his message, I thought that would take care of it, however he just looked at me and said it wasn’t his choice for her to be there, she should have taken the time to return his message, he was offended and he wanted an apology and he was never going to forgive her! I sat down with him and said, “Gabriel, I want to you listen to something,” at this I began to quote the Lord’s Prayer. When I got to “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” I stopped and gave him all the words for “trespasses”, sin, debt, someone doing you wrong. When I finished I was convinced I had done a good job, he looked at me and said, “Yes Mammy, she does owe me an apology!” I had failed miserably in conveying to him that he was supposed to forgive her unconditionally, he still wanted an apology! He was only eight years old so he needed time to mature, and continue to learn lessons. But how about all of us who are we are older than eight and had time to learn a lot of life lessons yet we still need apologies and if we don’t get one we just “delete” that person from our life and our social network!
God forgives us according to how we have forgiven others.
Psalm 130:1-8 Help, God—the bottom has fallen out of my life! Master, hear my cry for help! Listen hard! Open your ears! Listen to my cries for mercy. If you God, kept records on wrongdoings, who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit, and that’s why you’re worshiped. I pray to God—my life a prayer—and wait for what he’ll say and do. My life’s on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning. O Israel, wait and watch for God—with God’s arrival comes love, with God’s arrival comes generous redemption. In the King James Bible verse three uses the word “iniquity” translated from “avon”. In Strong’s concordance it means, evil fault, sin, iniquity, guilt, blame moral illness, perversion, and crookedness. “Avon” comes from “avah” which means to bend or distort, so iniquity is “evil bent” within humans or the “crooked” direction or “warped” deeds of sinners. Knowing that iniquity is something too heavy to bear by fallen man God promised that His Suffering Servant would bear the iniquities of His people. Isaiah 53:11Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins.
Luke 7:47 “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
If you have been forgiven of a lot, then you need to forgive, just let it go. If you feel you can’t do it on your own just ask Jesus to help, you can do it!