Ray McDonald's Blog

Thoughts and Reflections

Help Me to Forgive

John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Rays HaircutIn today’s passage – John describes Jesus – the Word becoming flesh. I am struck by yet another difference between Jesus and myself! Jesus was and is full of grace as John writes – and I am not always filled with grace – and at times the church is not as well. I am not – by nature – a mercy person – yet as a pastor I am called to show mercy – maybe another name some use for mercy is compassion. The church is called to show mercy and compassions as well.

In a broadcast on the web I was listening to they were talking about grace – and restoration – in the church. Amazingly – their stories were that even in the church – there weren’t a lot of people who knew how or were even willing to show grace. Those who have been shown grace – who have been shown mercy – by God – should be the first ones willing t show mercy – forgiveness to others. God’s grace should be evident in our lives. God’s grace is poured out on us and we should share it with others. We should be ready to forgive and show grace and compassion to the hurting people of our communities.

The church – at times – has a hard time showing grace to those among us who have fallen – who have sinned. Yeah – we might be pretty good at showing grace for small things – but when someone has a major failing – we have a hard time showing grace. I’ve heard this before – the church might be the only place where they kill their own wounded.

Yet – if we took the time to reflect upon the grace God shows us – we would be filled with grace for others. We have even been told to pray for grace for others – as we say the Lord’s Prayer. Luke’s version uses – Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

Luke records the Lord’s part of the Lord’s Prayer like this: Luke 11:2-4 – He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’ “

You may have learned it as – forgive us our debts (or trespasses) as we forgive our debtors (those who trespass against us) – and our debt (trespass) to God is our sin! We owe a debt of sin – our life – which we could never repay. Yet – God forgives us through Christ and through Christ we should forgive others! As we walk out our faith – let us think on these things! Jesus was full of grace for us – we need to be full of grace for others.

Who is it in our lives we need to forgive? Who have we struggled to forgive? I’m so glad God freely forgives me. Lord – help me to freely forgive others.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

May 7, 2020 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: