The Lord’s Prayer Challenge: Day #4 The Act that is More Like God than Anything
This weekend I preach on forgiveness! So, of course the words I have been most focused on in The Lord’s Prayer as I pray each day are, “And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” I certainly wish the bank who holds our house loan would practice this one. What a great gift that would be.
Honestly though, I resonate with a statement Pastor John MacArthur declared in one of his sermons, “No act is more like God than forgiveness.” What a challenge for me, for us. Forgiveness of our sins is how we are birthed into the family of God yet it can be a real test to practice this discipline.
I find it is not just the forgiveness act that is difficult, but to maintain the attitude of complete forgiveness that God has toward me. He doesn’t hold a grudge or blame me or seek revenge for His son dying so that I might be saved. Grace was not cheapened in any way by our Father.
So I continue writing this message with a nagging question that must be answered: Is the attitude of forgiveness that God practices something I, something we can carry on without a brother or sister in Christ repenting of an offense with a contrite heart?