Each of us has been wronged in many ways. Some have endured unspeakable injustice. But even the worst things that another person can do to us are small compared to our sin against God. If we have trusted in Jesus, then God has forgiven us. We must do the same for others. Forgiving someone is not excusing their sin or letting them hurt you again. And forgiveness is not excepting them from legal consequences. Instead, forgiveness is taking your hands off their throat and trusting their fate to God.
Right now in America, many people are sitting in a self-made prison of unforgiveness. Much of the vitriol we see on the news or in our communities comes from people who have not forgiven others. They vent their hatred against those they feel have wronged them, not seeing their own need for forgiveness from God. Unforgiveness makes our nation nastier, less safe, and more divided. Only by forgiving others can we reconcile many of our differences. Pray that Americans see their sins against God and accept His forgiveness in Jesus Christ. And pray that we then forgive one another.
A Prayer for America
Heavenly Father, many of us have endured terrible wrongs at the hands of others. But Your Word tells us that even the greatest sin anyone can commit against a fellow human is small compared to the way we have wronged You. Yet You freely give us forgiveness, Lord Jesus. What amazing grace! Help me to fully grasp Your pardon and to extend that same forgiveness to others. I know that forgiveness is not excusing people’s sins, bailing them out of consequences, or allowing them to keep hurting me. But forgiveness is taking my hands off of their necks, leaving justice to You. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for paying for all my sins on the cross. In Your name I pray. Amen.
If you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.