Date: Wednesday, September 18
Scripture: Matthew 9:2-8
Verse: But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” —he then said to the paralytic—’stand up, take your bed and go to your home.” (Matthew 9:6)
Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself. We’re pretty good at forgiving others, chalking their misstep up to some environmental circumstances, genetics, or just a bad day. But when it comes to forgiving ourselves, that can be much more difficult. We think we ought to have known better, controlled ourselves more, or put this one action in a pattern that “proves” to us we shouldn’t forgive ourselves. We can be awfully stingy when it comes to forgiving ourselves.
In this passage of this miraculous healing, Jesus says something about forgiveness. He asserts he, the Son of Man, has the authority to forgive sins. This, of course, was scandalous to the religious authorities who had rituals at the Temple for the forgiveness of sin. Jesus instead offers it freely.
Jesus has the authority and ability to forgive our sins, yet sometimes we are reluctant to give him that authority, at least in our own lives. We want something more. Like the scribes watching and listening to Jesus healing this man, we think it is all a bit too easy. But the truth is, you are forgiven. Give Jesus the authority to pronounce that forgiveness in your life.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me of my wrongs, and give me the wisdom to forgive myself. Amen.
Action: Confess your sinfulness, and give Jesus authority in your life to pronounce forgiveness.
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