FORGIVE US OUR SINS
Matt. 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
All of us need His forgiveness, not all of us recognize that need. Actually, that is part of the blindness resulting from the fall of man. Without the grace of God, pride blinds our hearts. We are aware and often judgmental of other people’s sin, but not so much with our own. Often times we are unrepentant not realizing our sins have blinded our eyes. When we meet Christ, one of the great ministries we recognize is His ministry as heavenly high priest. His ear is always open to our prayer, He is quick to forgive us of all our sins. As John said,
1John 1:8-2:2 ¶ “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. ¶ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
One of the great messages of the Methodist revival in the 18th century focused on the power of forgiveness of sins, listen to Adam Clarke speak about the blessing available for us in Christ.
“If we confess our sins. If, from a deep sense of our guilt, impurity, and helplessness, we humble ourselves before God, acknowledging our iniquity, his holiness, and our own utter helplessness, and implore mercy for his sake who has died for us; he is faithful, because to such he has promised mercy, for Christ has died for us, and thus made an atonement to the Divine justice; so that God can now be just, and yet the justifier of him who believes in Jesus. And to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Not only to forgive the sin, but to purify the heart.”
So, have you seen Jesus as your heavenly high priest? When you do, forgiveness and access into God’s presence becomes the daily benefit. I love what John said, this high priest is our advocate. Actually, he used the same word Jesus used to describe the ministry of the Holy Spirit, Paracletos, one called along side to help. Jesus is ministering on our behalf before the Father. He represents us in His righteousness, the Father forgives us for His Son’s sake, and we are declared righteous before the Father. Therefore we can come before the throne of grace with boldness and find grace to help in our time of need. So what are we waiting for? We can pray today, Father forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.