Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Some people never learn. This seems especially true when it comes to children. It sometimes seems like no matter how many times you correct a child, they still keep doing the same thing that you already scolded them for. Sadly, it is also the same thing that you forgave them before already.
Sometimes I have wonder if that isn’t the same thing with God. So often we do things that we know are wrong, and yet we still do them, repeatedly. This is the point of repentance, which is an ongoing issue. So, that leads us to the question, again, of when somebody sins against against.
Again? Yes. I would argue that we often need to forgive as often as we need to be forgiven. Especially since there is not a single one of us who is perfect. We are perpetually in need of forgiveness.
Wait. Did you say we constantly need to be forgiven? Yes. Indeed, here is what the Bible says in Matthew 6:12, we read:
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
What does this mean?–Answer.
We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look upon our sins, nor deny such petitions on account of them; for we are worthy of none of the things for which we pray, neither have we deserved them; but that He would grant them all to us by grace; for we daily sin much, and indeed deserve nothing but punishment. So will we verily, on our part, also heartily forgive and also readily do good to those who sin against us.
OK. Let’s be technical. Before going any further, I am at a loss to explain why most Bibles says “sin”, “wrongs”, or “debts” instead of “trespasses”. In fact, not a single version of Bible at biblegateway.com lists a single rendition with the terms “trespasses”. So, to that end, I have no clue what is going on.
However, the fact of the matter is that we all need to forgive, and we need forgiveness. That is also why Christ Jesus, in John 20:23, is recorded as telling the disciples ” If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” This means all sins. This also why pastors in many liturgical churches pronounce the forgiveness of sins at the beginning of the worship service.
Yes, like children, we do sin. Likewise, we tend to commit the sames sins over and over again, even if it isn’t intentional. So it is that we continue to forgive our children, as we have been forgiven much already in this life. Yet, this is the good news, that our sins are forgiven. Let us allow that truth to guide us in our dealings with others, including our children.