Isaiah 53:6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him [Jesus] the sins of us all. (NLT)
All of us have strayed. All of us have left God’s path to go our own way. All of us have sinned. All of us. Me, too. And yet, God still sent His one and only Son to bear the penalty of my sin. Even though He knew I would stray. Even though He knows I still will leave His path to try my own way, even though I know it won’t work. Even though. Even though.
Lord, forgive my arrogance at being hesitant to forgive someone who has wronged me. Forgive my pride at being offended that they should “know better.” Look what You have done for me. God, I release all the hurt, all the woundedness to You. It is so small compared to the hurt that I have caused. You have forgiven me so much. Rescue me from the pride that says that it’s hard to forgive. When I think of what You have done, it’s not so hard. And even if it is, it’s necessary. It’s for my good. And Lord, You will do it through me. You are bigger than any wound or offense. I love You so much. You have done so much for me.