"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is
his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the
west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us." Psalms 103:11-12
I was staring at the computer screen when I heard my favorite
little voice say, "Mommy?" I turned to look at my sweet
daughter and she said, "I sorry I lock you out of the bathroom
last night." She was referring to an incident a few days earlier
in which she had gotten angry with me and locked me out of
the bedroom. After the appropriate discipline and
discussion, we had hugged and made up. So, why was she
asking for forgiveness again?
I looked at her and told her, "Honey, it is okay. You know not
to lock Mommy out of the room now. You don't have to keep
saying you are sorry." And then it struck me.... how like my
daughter am I? How many times do I go before the Lord and
ask forgiveness for the same things? Why do I feel like I have
to ask, ask and ask again for God's forgiveness for past
It was humbling to know that my daughter needed assurance
of my forgiveness and of my love for her. Is that what we are
seeking when we ask God to forgive our sins again? In
Matthew 7:9-12, Jesus tells us, "Which of you, if his son asks
for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will
give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how
to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your
Father in heaven good gifts, to those who ask him!"
Jesus wastes no words in telling us that even we, with all our
failings and sinful nature, love our children and give them
good things. God, who is perfect and holy, loves us and gives
us the same things. I know that I love my daughter more than
life itself. I also know that this love is only the very tiniest tip of
the iceberg of the love God has for you and me. It is hard to
fathom, but it is true. And, I know that even though she may
make me angry at her behavior, that I forgive her - always.
God's word tells us that he forgives our sins, if we ask him.
Always...period. His word assures us of that. In Luke 11:9-10
Jesus tells us, "So, I say to you: Ask and it will be given to
you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be
opened to you. For everyone who ask receives; he who
seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be
opened." Ask, and it will be given...not half given...or
half-forgiven until we ask some more.
Just as I forgave my daughter, and will do so again when she
asks, God forgives me when I ask.... forever!
[ by Cheryl Novak -- from 'Themestream' ]
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