We are our own worst-enemy! We may forgive someone else who wrongs us, but we can’t forgive ourselves. One of our problems is that we know the disasterous-consequences of our bad decisions, and we can’t forgive – or forget. While it may be fun to keep a scorecard from a game we have won, keeping one on ourselves is both dangerous and destructive. Have we forgotten the words of our Lord’s Prayer? Maybe we need a little refresher…
“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’ (Matthew 6:9-13)
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. How can we ask God to forgive us when we haven’t forgiven ourselves? Is God’s forgiveness not greater than our own? This is not about forgiving others, although that is also included in the original context, but we are the ones we hold grudges against for the longest. Even if we can forgive someone else for what they did or said to us, we stubbornly-refuse to forgive ourselves for those “no-excuses” things we have done which harmed ourselves or others. Are those grudges against ourselves that “sacred“? Do we know better than God?
Many people have bad-habits or addictions which hang on tenaciously and they fall frequently. I know. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt – many times. When you do fall, don’t put it on your scorecard, give it to God and get back up. No fall is final until we give up and quit getting back up. God already knows about it, and in His good time, He will help us kick it, but not before. Sometimes God allows some things to stay in our lives and plague us so that we truly-understand that we can’t do life on our own and must depend upon Him.
The Apostle Paul had a “thorn in the flesh” which he kept asking God to remove, but God refused and kept him humble through it. God wants the same for us, to keep us humble and dependent on Him for everything. He knows what is best for us.
Remember: In Christ, you ARE forgiven. It is NOT, you “might” be forgiven. It is NOT, you “may” be forgiven. It is NOT, you “will” be forgiven. It IS, you ARE forgiven. As hard as it may be, we have some scorecards to tear up. I know I do. How about you?
TEAR-UP THOSE SCORECARDS!!!