After We Sin, It’s the End
Forgive and Be Forgiven
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9-15
Key Verse: Matthew 6:12
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
After we sin we seek and believe for forgiveness. I hope this message of hope has come through loud and clear in this week’s devotionals. It is never the end, after we sin. God is always reaching out to us, waiting for us to return to Him.
When Jesus taught us about praying, He gave us a model prayer. Not to say by habitual rote, but to guide our thoughts in effective praying! Included in this model is a statement about sin (debts or transgressions). Jesus clearly wanted us to admit any sin in our lives and seek forgiveness from our gracious Heavenly Father! I believe that each line, each word, of this model prayer was given to us for careful and serious instruction. Yes, we are to daily reflect on our past 24 hours and confess any sin that may have been allowed in our lives. We are not to presume on God’s grace nor mock the work of God. The apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Thus, Jesus taught all of us who call ourselves followers to daily review and if sin has been allowed, repent of it immediately, asking for forgiveness.
After Jesus taught the model, he continued with one footnote about that e must be forgiving to receive forgiveness. Jesus didn’t comment on any other part of this model prayer except forgiveness. After we sin, it’s not the end, but we must repent as well.
Father, I give you permission to prick my heart if I get stingy with my forgiveness to others who might offend me today! I want to generously overlook and forgive, when needed, all those around me! In Jesus’ name, amen.