“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…”
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses (Mark 11:25).
You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD (Leviticus 19:18).
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point,
he is guilty of all (James 2:10).
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…(Romans 3:23)
…There is none righteous, no, not one…(Romans 3:10)
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus said unto him, I say not unto you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would take account of his servants.
And when he had begun the reckoning, one was brought unto him, who owed him ten thousand talents.
But since he had nothing to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
The servant therefore fell down, and worshiped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.
Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and released him, and forgave him the debt.
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him a hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me what you owe.
And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.
And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O you wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you desired me:
Should not you also have had compassion on your fellow servant, even as I had pity on you?
And his lord was angry, and delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if you from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses (Matthew 18:21-35).
harsh judges all
we expect perfection in others
overlooking our own pet faults
spreading words of ruin
one who stumbles where
we happen to stand firm
eyes closed to others’ virtues
blind to our own inner rot
for a heart-seeing God
forgives as we
and as we deny
we are denied
we cannot look down our noses at others
and also come crawling
begging to God