Forgiving and Forgiveness is For Everyone
45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
~Matthew 5:45, NKJV~
When reading this, I can just imagine how some of us think when we look at others who do wrong; “I am in God’s good books and I am so perfect and I am so loved whilst they are getting punished and living in darkness. I walk with petals thrown at my feet whilst they walk around with their heads hung low and their feet dragging across the floor.” Aha! If only right?… Asking for or needing God’s forgiveness is not just for all the obvious sinners – the murderers, the thieves, the rapists… forgiveness and forgiving is for everyone because no one can ever say they do not sin or is totally free from it. The same way God makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, is the same way His forgiveness and the practice of forgiving is for us all. We could never be totally free of sin, no matter how “perfect” we tried to live, and even if we tried to claim that we are, this is a deception; Read 1 John 1:8. No one is too good for either God’s forgiveness, or your forgiveness for that matter; we all need to be set free because no one is perfect.
Because it is in human nature to sin, God sent Jesus to set examples for us to live by so that we do not practice sin intentionally; Jesus is the perfect example because He is free of all sin; Read 1 Peter 2:21-22. In the occasion of us falling from His grace, God guarantee’s us his free love and forgiveness for when we confess our sins and genuinely ask Him to help us turn away from our sinful ways. Note that I said, so that we do not practice sin intentionally; we are humans so we are bound to slip up here and there (ever realised that when you aim for perfectionism you make more mistakes than if you were to just accept that you’ll make mistakes along the way?) but it is when we realise this, that we should be encouraged to always draw back to God to receive His forgiveness and be placed back on the journey He initially had us on. Although we are not perfect like Christ, it is when we lean on God’s ways and live through Christ that we are led away from sin. Living according to our own strength will see us fall constantly but when we let go and let God, we will live purposely for Him. Sinning will become difficult because the Holy Spirit will convict us and guide us and even if we do wrong, we will feel obliged to confess our sins so that God can correct our ways.
Though no one is perfect, God does not condemn us of this however, bringing forward our iniquities to Him sets us free no matter who we are or what we have done. Do not boast about how “little” your sin appears to be in comparison to the “grand” of others; as we learnt in Day 5, all sin is sin and fortunately for our sake, God liberates us from them all.
So what else can we learn from this? Just because others do us wrong and we do not retaliate, this does not make us better than them; HUMILITY. As we realise others are not perfect, we realise that we too are far from it and also, how much of God’s forgiveness we need on a regular basis, probably daily to be honest…
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