Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
When I think about how much God forgives, I realize again how little I forgive. I get stuck on something that was done in the past, and I hold a grudge. I act as though someone should be grateful for any partial forgiveness I offer. I behave with coolness toward someone who has wronged me – sure, that’s self-protection, but what do I need to protect? If I truly believe any self-worth I hold is hid in Christ and the love he has for me, who can take this away? I am as flawed as anyone else, and just as much in need of the forgiveness Christ would offer me. Let me praise you, Lord, for the depth of your mercy and compassion. Help me learn to be more like you.
We pray in the Lord’s Prayer to forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. We do a good job of asking for forgiveness, but we aren’t so good at giving it. Teach us compassion and mercy, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.