Lessons for Living Today:
How do we hope God responds to our “oops?” I think most of us hope that God knows our good intentions and overlooks our slip ups. In the Old Testament, people were required to bring an offering for their “unintentional (oops) sins.” Leviticus says they were guilty even though no one was aware of it. Each time I read of these laws I’m reminded of our great blessing in Jesus’ forgiveness. He set aside those endless laws of “making it up to God.” Sadly, many have thrown out the baby with the bath water. Since forgiveness is so easy let’s do whatever feels good—hang the consequences.
Our “oops” are enough to hang us! Jesus said, “No, don’t hang them, hang Me and forgive them.” Oh my goodness! We take so much for granted and go about our merry way. I see that I need daily checks and balances to help me on track in life. And what is the track I want to be on? I want to be on track with God, and I can because of Jesus “hanging” for me. God, in His gracious love, provided all I need to stay on track through His Word the Bible. As I am into the Word I see where I am off track and make corrections.
God’s Word says that if we want Him to forgive our “oops,” we must forgive the “oops” of others. That seems only fair—a natural consequence—but it is hard to do. We are so forgiving of ourselves and so condemning of others. That is one of those unintentional sins that we must become aware of and change our course of living and forgiving. One tremendous benefit of getting on God’s track is the wonderful benefits of living by His rules instead of our own “oops.” The prisons are full of those who disregarded forgiving others and took life into their own hands. There are no prisons on God’s track!
God’s Question: Is there someone you need to forgive?
God’s Promise: I forgive you based on your forgiveness of others.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for Your amazing forgiveness.
I am sorry I so often fail to be forgiving.
Thank You for Your Word that guides my living.
Help me stay on Your track and willingly forgive others.