” For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. ” – Matthew 6:14-15
Some things come as a package deal and who doesn’t like a good deal, right! Did you know that in God’s package deal to you, not only did He include the gift of grace but He also added a beautiful envelope titled forgiveness.
This envelope contains an invoice with a listing of all our sins, past, present and future that displeased and dishonoured the Father. With a balance of zero dollars, God stamped your invoice in red: “Paid in Full”. How remarkable that God would accept us as His children and quickly wipe away all that ever separated us from Him.
With such a great gift bestowed on us, God calls us to look ahead, never look back to dig up the old He has long forgotten and forgiven.
This is indeed good news for us! No longer should we allow the enemy, other people, or even ourselves to use this list of past sins as a tool to bring us shame. Before we accepted Jesus as our personal savior, God knew all the mistakes we would ever make and was aware of our darkest sins (adultery, sexual immorality, lying, cheating, etc.). Still, He calls us by name and asks that we release all those offences into His hands so we can exchange them for His forgiveness. For these very sins, Jesus died on the cross.
When Jesus was buried in the grave, He took those sins with Him and buried them so far deep that they would never be found or remembered. It’s time for you to let them go! When the Lord rose on the third day, He left them buried so stop trying to dig out what God has already buried and washed away. Now, you are made clean by the blood of the Lamb, go and sin no more. You are forgiven! Yet, if you do sin (and you likely will as you continue to live in a fallen world), remember that you do have an advocate with the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember that with each gift God offers you, He expects you to bless someone else with it out of a heart of gratitude. The blessing does not stop with you: it must flow through you. Therefore, as you have received God’s forgiveness, be generous in extending forgiveness to others. Not grudgingly but with kindness and compassion. Remember that just as your own invoice has been paid in full, so has been your offender’s.
Forgiveness is now yours and it is meant to be shared.
Heavenly Father, thank you for forgiving me and cleansing me from all my sins. Thank you for sending my Lord Jesus Christ to save me from my sins eternally. May I always embrace your forgiveness, never abusing it and never taking it for granted. Help me to let go of the shame of my past and walk upright before you and blameless. May I remember even on my best days that our relationship is a direct result of your mercy and compassion. Grant me a forgiving heart so I may always forgive those indebted to me as you have forgiven me.
In Jesus’ name,
2 Chronicles 7:14 | 1 John 1:9 | John 8:2-11