MUSINGS – June 23 2018
“O LORD, out of the depths I call to you. O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be open to my pleas for mercy. O LORD, who would be able to stand if you kept a record of sins? But with you there is forgiveness so that you can be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and with hope I wait for his word. My soul waits for the LORD more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, because with the LORD there is mercy and with him there is unlimited forgiveness. He will rescue Israel from all its sins.“
Forgiveness isn’t easy. I’m sure that we have all tried to forgive someone. We say the words and outwardly even act as though we have forgiven … until.
Until the original offence is repeated or a new one is committed. When that happens we and the new and the old together so that the combined offence is too large to forgive. And that is because we never truly forgave the first time, not do down in our being.
Remember how Jesus answered Peter when Peter had asked if he should forgive seven times? Jesus said, “seventy times seven.” That’s 490 times. If you are still keeping score at 490, you never forgave at all.
Thank God that his forgiveness is limitless because I’m sure in my 70+ years, I’ve far exceeded that 490.
I wish this: “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.”*
Was more like, “Forgive us our sins even though we haven’t forgiven others.”
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