Friday, March 29, 2019
Continuing our look at the Lord’s prayer and the theme of transformation, consider again the Lord’s words from Luke and Matthew:
“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.” Luke 11:4
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12
I share again my friend Bob Hudson’s take on the Lord’s Prayer as it relates to Relational Health and Maturity: “‘Forgive us as we forgive.” We come to God in our brokenness, in our imperfect humanity, acknowledging our need for mercy and grace. There is a correlation between our receiving God’s mercy and grace and our willingness to offer it to others. To withhold forgiveness – mercy, compassion, grace – is to demonstrate our own inexperience in receiving what God offers us. The healthiest persons and relationships are those where there is an abundant experience of the love and mercy of God for self – and for others. “We love, because He first loved us.'”
Let me ask you, do you see yourself and your flaws with the compassion of Christ, or are your critical and judgmental of yourself? What if today you gave yourself the love and compassion Christ has already extended to you, and choose to share that same compassion with others around you? We might experience true transformation and growth in our relational maturity.