by Robert Walker

Pardon Me
Robert Walker
Matthew 6:9-13

I read a story titled, "He Forgot." In the story the author uses the analogy of an old cellar or basement full of our disregarded past to speak of forgiveness.

The author argues that our inability to forgive others and ourselves is like an old basement full of ghosts from our past that come and haunt our lives from time to time.

The author points out the reality that all our sins were forgiven and forgotten by God, once and for all, with the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. The author concludes."

Exorcise your basement and take the nails of Calvary and board up the door-and remember- He forgot"(Max Lucado, When God Came Near).

Own the forgiveness Jesus offers to you today. Be empowered to forgive those who hurt you. Then the peace of Christ will rule in your hearts, and at last, you will be free. Amen

A well-known hymn says, "Mercy there was great, and grace was free; Pardon there was multiplied to me; there my burdened soul found liberty, At Calvary."
The very petition, "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors," is one of asking for a pardon.

We need to be comforted with the fact that a pardon has been applied to our soul. We also need to remember to ask for that pardon on a daily basis to be forgiven the sins of the day.

John McCarty in his book the "Disciples Prayer" makes the statement that the most difficult thing God ever did was to provide for the forgiveness of sin. He goes on to say that the forgiveness of sin is imperative because it frees us from eternal judgment and it gives us joy in this present life.

When we look at our world it becomes obvious that the underlying cause of all of our worry, our tension and our fear and our depression and our Psychosomatic and mental disorders are bound up in one little three letter word sin.

Lady Macbeth suffered from psychosomatic disorders that were caused by unresolved guilt. The guilt of murdering Duncan haunted her da ...

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