Sunday, February 21, 2021
By Carol Sue Hutchinson
Passage Psalm 130:3-4
Have you ever had someone hold a grudge against you for a long time? You apologized and asked for forgiveness and they just couldn’t let it go. When there isn’t forgiveness, the issue isn’t resolved, and relationships are damaged. The person who can’t resolve these situations usually becomes unhappy and bitter and often sees everything as an affront to themselves.
Psalm 130:3-4 says: “If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; there you are feared (awed, revered).” God forgives our daily sins against him and others. A wise person told me once, “When we seek forgiveness, we are telling God that we know we were wrong.” God already knows what we did, but He needs us to acknowledge our wrong.
Our inability to forgive breaks our relationship with God from our side. It causes others to distrust us. We often become isolated and build walls between us and others. God doesn’t keep a record of our sins, when He forgives, He forgives completely, tearing down any wall between us and him. Therefore, we can talk with God about anything. When you pray, realize that God is holding nothing against you. His lines of communication are completely open. There are no walls with God.
Are you a wall-builder or are you someone who can forgive and forget?
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for loving us so much that you are always ready with a clear and open conversation with us. You are ready to forgive whenever we humbly come to you. Amen