Peer Into the Heart of Jesus
“Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.” Psalm 32:1–2 (niv)
The transactions of grace are, in many ways, inexplicable. We sin; Jesus pays the price and does not count it against us. He forgives, with extravagance verging on spoiling. I have been married for more than two decades. I’m astounded at how many times I have had to forgive, and how many times I would have to ask for forgiveness, in order to maintain a healthy marriage.
I’m also the parent of two teenagers, who are the greatest joys of my life. I made plenty of mistakes raising them and I’m sure I’ll make more. But when I make those mistakes, I admit it to them. I apologize, ask for their forgiveness, and they sweetly grant it (okay, sometimes not right away). If I could give one bit of parenting advice, it would be to apologize to your kids when you mess up. They’ll be more likely to do the same. Let this psalm be true of your family.
Our own willingness to forgive is more than merely magnanimous. It provides us a window into the heart of Jesus, who forgives. When we are willing to love another person, we catch a glimpse of how we are loved. We peer into the heart of Jesus, the One Who covers all sin.
FAITH STEP: Is there someone you need to forgive today? If it seems impossible, think of what Jesus has forgiven you of. Forgiveness does not require the other person to apologize. It only requires that you release the hurt that you keep allowing yourself to feel.
Written by Keri Wyatt Kent
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