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?


4 Comments on “The Lord’s Prayer Challenge: Day #4 The Act that is More Like God than Anything

  1. I love what “My Utmost for His Highest” says….”once you realize all that it cost God to forgive you, you will be held as in a vise, constrained by the love of God'”. How powerful is that…love consuming!

  2. Yes, forgiving is something I struggle with because the offenses trespassed against me caused so much devastation. How does one love an evil hearted parent? Dr. Dan Allander (in his book Bold Love) writes about being willing to have “the kind of forgiving love that enters into the fray of betrayal and brokenness, with a bold and courageous desire for the kind of reconciliation that redeems all the evil ones efforts to destroy”. The question for me is am I so taken by the love of God that “all the murky fog of hurt, hatred is consumed by the irresistible brightness of the Gospel?” Lord cause it to be so in me and in mine. Love you Rhonda and thank you so much for your wise words.

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