"Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us."
Reflection from Hailey Miller:
After Jesus taught us to pray, “give us today our daily bread,” He also taught us to pray, “and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. With these words we declare our moral bankruptcy, freely admitting that we owe God more than everything we have. Then we ask Him to forgive us outright. And because He is our loving Father, God does what we ask. When we go to Him weighed down with the debt of all our sin, He does not sit down with us to work out a payment plan. Instead, He offers full and free forgiveness.
I had a friend promise me last year that she would run a half marathon with me. After months of training and running all summer long, she told me about 2 weeks before the big event that she hadn’t been training and wouldn’t be running with me. I was so angry. I was absolutely devastated. How could I ever talk to her again? How could someone be so flaky? But, everyone makes mistakes. Everyone sins. We must forgive others in order to be forgiven ourselves.
Forgiveness is hard. If we do not forgive, we will not be forgiven. When is the last time someone made you upset? Did you forgive them?
Dear Lord, I thank you for the power of forgiveness, and I choose to forgive everyone who has hurt or upset me. Give me the strength to let go, the strength to forgive myself of my own failings and sins, knowing that you have already forgiven me. Help me walk in righteousness, peace, and joy, demonstrating Your life here on earth. Amen.