When we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, our sins are forgiven. But what does that mean? I am fascinated by these thoughts:
He forgives my past sins. This is how most of us think about His forgiveness. Past tense. Stuff that I cannot change. It’s history.
He forgives my present sins. This is more difficult to comprehend. Even in the moment that I bow to Him, I am still living in a state of sin…and still active in my rebellion to His will. Yet, He accepts me as I am. Today.
He forgives my future sins. Maybe the most difficult for me to imagine. I will continue to sin. I will rebel in the future. I will break His heart again because of my constant stupidity…yet He has already forgiven today what I will do tomorrow.
And we are asked to do the same. We are to forgive our brother as we have been forgiven. (Matthew 6:15)
- Do you harbor unforgiveness for someone’s past actions towards you?
- Do you harbor unforgiveness for someone’s current actions?
- Do you harbor unforgiveness because you know they will hurt you again?
This is hard stuff. It’s not for the weak. Lean into forgiving your brother, so that you can also be forgiven.
Thanks for listening.