Reading: Matthew 6:14-15
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
There once was a man who sinned against me, and I struggled to drag him before the throne of God for judgment.
Every time I got a real good grip on his collar, I lost my bearings to the King’s throne room. For years I exhausted myself trying to drag my oppressor to justice – until I met a wise old sage. “What are you doing with that man?” he asked. “I’m taking Him to God’s judgment seat,” I cried. “So it is God you seek?” he asked. “Only He can judge between this man and me,” I replied. His eyes flashed bright and he offered his help. “Just turn to the right, and over this rise you will find God,” said he. I thanked him and hurried my prisoner over the rise, but when I topped the hill, I found no judgment court. I found my King – but He was hanging on a cross.
That cross revealed my sin in such fullness, I immediately scanned the horizon to see if anyone else could see my shame. In that moment, I knew that I had no hope of escaping the penalty of my sins. But then, with the King’s dying breath, He took my sins away. Suddenly, the scene was changed.
I stood alone in perfect peace … and what of my prisoner, you ask? I lost my grip when I caught a glimpse of the cross – I lost my case to grace!
Reposted with permission from onehope.net.