In what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus told us to pray the following:
…forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.*
So what keeps us from being forgiving? Pride and amnesia are two core reasons why we struggle to forgive.
Please hear this: the answer is not for you to get your act together, pull up your socks and start being a good person. Jesus’ prayers and teaching, his parables… they’re not there to tell you that you need to smarten up because you should know better by now. They tell us that we are deeply broken and need Christ to save us from the state we are in.
Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.” Luke 23:34-35. He prayed forgiveness for his executioners who never showed any remorse or desire for forgiveness. Jesus prayer on the cross is as much for you as it was for them.
Would you consider receiving God’s forgiveness into your heart today? Would you consider bringing to him all the mess, bad choices, hurtful things in your life and trading it for his love and grace?