Adoration (Praise God for who He is and ask Him to reveal more of Himself)
Read: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
We are in the fourth week of our journey through The Lord’s Prayer, and this week, we are reflecting on the fourth verse, “and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” I find it ironic that understanding the concept of forgiveness is so simple even a child can grasp it, but the act of forgiveness can cause the most seasoned Christian to struggle. Could forgiveness be difficult to give because it’s even harder to receive? Applying God’s principles to the world around us is always more authentic when we experience the power of His principles at work within us first. I think that is why Jesus first mentions our need FOR forgiveness before he mentions our need to forgive others.
Have you ever asked God to forgive you for something, only to ask Him again later - and then again - and again? Is it because you doubt His power to forgive you? Is it because you doubt His promise to forgive you? I doubt you answered yes to either. In yesterday’s sermon, Pastor Craig Curtis said, “For lots of us, our sin leads us back to shame and guilt, but the whole point of confession is to get us to the cross!” I don’t know about you, but that is a shift in my focus and a game changer in how I approach the confession of my sins. The best way to loosen the grip of guilt and shame is to exchange the weight of our sin for the magnitude of God’s grace. When we approach the confession of our sins in light of God’s holiness and the miraculous thing that Jesus did for us, we can experience first-hand the supernatural power of His forgiveness. And the best part is, that is just the beginning of God writing the inexplicable story of forgiveness in our lives.
So, what sins are you harboring because of guilt and shame? Today, ask God to help you shift your focus - to see that His love for you and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross are bigger than all of your sins.
Pray: God, thank you for your immeasurable grace. Thank you that your grace that is truly greater than all of my sins. God, help me truly receive your forgiveness so that I might genuinely give forgiveness to others. Reveal yourself to me, pour you glory out in my life and take my faith to places I’ve never imagined. In Jesus’ name, amen.