Forgive As God Forgives

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
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Ephesians 4:32 – And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one other, even as God in Christ forgave you. (NKJV)

It should have been easy to back the Ford Escape out of the garage. After all, it's half the size of our former Ford Expedition. With that big vehicle, I had figured out when to start and stop turning in the eight-metre space between the two rows of garages at our condo. I understood the language of the Expedition's back up beeper, and knew, when the sound changed to an alarming "flatline" sound, that I had gone far enough. This new car had fancy diagrams with sound effects and bright colours whose newness startled me, though, as I slowly reversed through the garage door. I should have paid more attention. How could I have ignored the flashing red bumpers of the car on the diagram? Ignore them I did. The result? A big scratch on the car's left side where it scraped past the jamb of the garage door.

What will Terry say? was my first frantic thought.

When I got back from shopping, I knew that I couldn't put off the dreaded moment of confession. I wondered, Will he forgive me? I needn't have worried. As I confessed my lack of attention, Terry enveloped me in a forgiving hug. "It's okay! After all, I was the first one to put a dent in the Expedition."

"You did? I don't remember!"

"It was when I backed out of the garage as well."

Then, my long-suffering husband went out to buy some touch-up paint.

By his words and actions, Terry reflected God's character to me. His instant forgiveness reminded me again just how God forgives us.

First of all, He approves when we confess our sins and don't put off doing so. It wouldn't have done me any good to try to hide the obvious scratch on the car. It's also impossible to hide our sins from God.

As Terry immediately forgave me, God immediately forgives us when we come to Him.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV)

As I didn't even remember Terry's denting the Expedition, as we confess our sins, God remembers them no more.

Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. (NKJV)

Because God so freely forgives us, as Terry forgave me, we need to be obedient to the Word and forgive others. Then, God will forgive us, just as the Lord's Prayer tells us.

Matthew 6:14-15 – For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (NKJV)

Our obedience in forgiving others is blessed by God's forgiving of our own sins. A side benefit? It frees us from bitterness, and opens the door to further blessing in our lives. Can we graciously forgive others who wrong us?

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for Your great mercy! Thank You that You are so gracious to forgive us our sins, big or small! May we be as forgiving to others as You are to us! In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Alice Burnett <terrencera.burnett@gmail.com>
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Amen, Alice.


    And let it be so! Blessings for reminder.


    Thanks, Alice, for a very needed devotional.


    Great reminder, Alice. Thanks and blessings!


    Amen Alice. A good and encouraging word today.
    Blessings.


    Thank you, Alice, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us.
    Blessings.


    Thank you, Alice. The last sentence, “Can we forgive others who wrong us?” is the most difficult!


    I could really see this happening in my mind’s eye Alice. I liked your down-to-earth style.
    Really brought home the message of forgiveness.


    Hi
    Thank you for your very relatable example that most of us have done at one time or another with our cars to show us how God forgives and calls us to forgive.
    Blessings on you and your devotionals.


    Good morning Alice
    This is so true. I had the other way around situation. But thankfully, the thought, what would Jesus do, popped into my thoughts before I said something. Thank goodness we have a loving and forgiving God.
    Blessings.


    Well-said, Alice. Give Terry a pat on the back from me. I think the two of you are BOTH astounding with those mammoth vehicles. My younger sister was recently struck and killed as she walked through a parking lot and a backing out driver didn’t see her. You are so right to be cautious, drive carefully AND prayerfully, which indeed you usually do.


    Very appropriate example. Reminded me of rolling my very-new-husband’s car. All I remember were his wide-open arms when I got home and his saying “you’re what matters”. I’ve often thought that was what going to heaven will be. Thank you for a great start to the day.
    (Manitoba)


    A great reminder. Thanks for sharing.


    Thank you for your piece. I can imagine that many of us can tell similar stories with respect to the cars we drive! I surely can. Two come to mind quite easily!
    Forgiveness is so precious and especially God’s forgiveness!
    Blessings.


    Hello Alice,
    Thank you kindly for this devotional this morning. A very good reminder of how important it is for us to follow the Lord’s way of forgiving wrongdoings. It gives us a calmer feeling and a much better relationship with others when we are open to forgive a wrongdoing rather than hold a grudge or bitter feeling toward them. When we have sinned and seriously ask the Lord’s forgiveness, a huge burden is lifted, knowing His grace and mercy are freely given to us and for that we need be ever thankful. Blessings for the writings you do.

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