For Heaven’s sake don’t even think that I would ever suggest even trying. One of the ways we get ever closer to Jesus likeness is our whole-hearted desire not to sin. But we are human and we are sinful and that’s something we simply can’t ignore!
In Psalm 103:2-3 David tells us that we are not to forget His benefits and one of these is the forgiveness of sin. For me, David’s words speak mountains of truth about forgiveness. His story helps us understand that even the one (David) who had a Heart like His could and would sin! David depended on God’s forgiveness, asked for it and it was given. Fully!
God is the God of the second, third, forth….chance. Take a look at Jonah 1:1-3. God told him to go to Ninevah and preach against its wickedness. Jonah tried to run away and had the adventure and epiphiny of his life. (Yes, my God is the Only One who could keep a man alive in the ‘belly of a whale’!) Jonah 3:1 says the LORD spoke to him a second time and said go to Ninevah and proclaim the wickedness of the Ninevites. Jonah obeyed! God will forgive our disobedience but does expect to eventually obey.
Jesus tells us clearly in Matthew 6:14-15 that we must forgive others when they sin against us. If we don’t the consequence is to big to imagine…the Father will not forgive us. We are to be the picture of God to those around us. If there is no way to out-sin God’s forgiveness then there is no sin of another that we can’t forgive.
Mighty, Awesome, Forgiving LORD! Forgive my sins, the ones I know and the ones I don’t. Give me Your super-natural ability to forgive those who have and will sin against me in some way. Nurture in me a heart of forgiveness! Make it so!!!