forgiving real sin

 

March 18, Saturday 2017

 

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of your possession? He does not retain anger forever, because he delights in showing clemency. –Micah 7:18

A great deal of our anxiety to make excuses comes from not really believing in the forgiveness of sins, from thinking that God will not take us to Himself again unless He is satisfied that some sort of case can be made out in our favor. But that would not be forgiveness at all. Real forgiveness means looking steadily at the sin, the sin that is left over without any excuse, after all allowances have been made, and seeing it in all its horror, dirt, meanness, and malice, and nevertheless being wholly reconciled to the man who has done it. That, and only that, is forgiveness, and that we can always have from God if we ask for it.

Yes, Lord, I am reluctant to admit my sins to you, or to anyone else for that matter. Help me to grow in honesty.