Pondering Forgiveness

Forgiveness is something that gets thrown around a lot these days.  I have been dwelling lately upon the unique distinction between the forgiveness that we display for one another as sinners and the forgiveness that our God bestows upon us.  At its most simple contrast I find it remarkable that divine forgiveness is always a measure of holy condescension, while human forgiveness is first a matter of submission (Mat 6:12, 14).  Should we be so presumptuous to attempt to forgive another based solely upon our own noble condescension, it would cease to be forgiveness at all but rather a sinful attempt at robbing God of his glory in the matter.

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