Forgive us our sins
4 little words, sometimes so hard to say. It may seem strange that the Lord’s Prayer moves straight from asking for our daily bread to asking for forgiveness of sins. In scripture however there is a connection between food, sin and forgiveness. In Proverbs 19 it says “the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil”
Sin came into the world almost from the beginning of mankind. When Joseph met up with the brothers who had sold him into slavery, he first fed them and then forgave them.
The last supper focuses on the sacrifice of Jesus who died that our sins might be forgiven.
The bible gives us many pictures of sin, because our Lord wants us to know that sin is more than just a word in a book. Sin is a force that deceives and destroys. If we allow it to get hold of us, it can take over our lives. Sin is a form of bondage, it’s like drug addiction, once it takes hold, it is difficult to get out of. In Proverbs 5 it says “the evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them, the cords of their sins hold them fast” Sin is a burden, in the Psalms, David says “my guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear” In Luke it tells how Jesus compared sin to sickness and presented himself as the only doctor who could heal sinners. Sin is a costly debt, in fact in Aramaic the word sin is the same as debt. It keeps accumulating painful interest, but the miracle of the gospel is that God forgives the sins of those who repent and put their trust in Jesus.
Now comes the hard bit. Firstly we have to ask and that can be for some a real stumbling block. We have to acknowledge that what we have done is wrong. We can always find an excuse for our actions, we can always try and kid ourselves that it really isn’t that bad, but deep in our heart of hearts we know it is. So having asked we then have to accept that we HAVE been forgiven. There is no grade for sin, if it’s a small one, total forgiveness, something a bit bigger, partial forgiveness and a real whopper, forgiveness but with conditions, NO! Forgiveness is just that, it is a wiping of the slate, a clean start, a cancelling of all debts as it states in Colossians. The worst thing we can do is to keep coming back to that sin; it is like sinning all over again. Jesus died that we might be forgiven. He wouldn’t have made such an amazing sacrifice if we weren’t going to benefit.
In 1 John it says “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just, will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Remember that word “will”, it’s not a “maybe”