“…and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew [6:12]-15
Have you ever seen vacation photos where someone stands in front of a famous landmark and makes it look like they are holding it between two fingers? By altering our view, the 1,063-foot tall Eiffel Tower can look like a kid’s toy. Perspective changes everything!
It doesn’t seem like much of a challenge to be able to look at the relational stress that someone else is feeling and encourage them to, “Just forgive them…” It’s a an entirely different story when we feel that person is responsible for hurting or wronging us. (And if you’re a parent, you know that it can be even more difficult when someone hurts your child.)
This reality reminds me of the parable that Jesus tells in Luke 18 about the Pharisee and the tax collector. There is a temptation to stand before God and shout, “Thank you that I’m not like THOSE people!” Instead, we are encouraged to take the posture of the tax collector, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” One response comes from the pride of a sinful level of independence. The other comes from a genuine humility that is reliant on the Lord, Jesus.
Heavenly Father, allow me to see areas of my life where my perspective is filled with pride. I need to repent. Give me a humble heart in these areas. Amen.
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