The Nature of Forgiveness

May devotion pic“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love…Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me…Save me from my bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me” (Psalm 51:1a, 11, 14a).

David’s ability to ask for forgiveness is rooted in the very nature of God.  It is because of the Lord’s “unfailing love” and His “great compassion” that those of us who follow Christ today can, as David did, boldly ask the Lord for forgiveness.  It is in the nature of God to forgive.  Because we are made in His image, it is important that we too have the nature of forgiveness: “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).

The prerequisite to being forgiven in the kingdom of Jesus is to forgive others!  “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14).

–Adapted from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts

God of Forgiveness, give me the grace to love others as You love them so that I will forgive those who sin against me.  Help me to have the courage to ask others for their forgiveness when I sin against them. Give us unity in love as we minister together for the sake of Your kingdom! 

Prayer Points

Praise your Father for his perfect will (Mt. 6:10). Give thanks that nothing occurs in life that God does not cause to happen. Confess those times when you’ve doubted that his will was best for you. Commit yourself to living by Ps. 40:8: “I desire to do your will, O my God.” Ask that God’s perfect will may be accomplished in your life.

Take a global perspective. Pray for God’s will to be done on earth even as it is in heaven. Ask that Satan’s dark dominion will be exposed by the pure light of the gospel.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend

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