God Blessed Morning Family!
It is important that we not only ask for forgiveness of our sins but we also recognize our trespasses against one another and most of all God. For when we sin we dishonor God for He has given us His Son so that we can Live and Know His Unconditional Love. God Knows that we shall all fall short for our flesh is weak. Therefore, it is no surprise to Him when we fall to temptation, this is why He Loves us Unconditionally. It is easy to make excuses for our misbehavior but in the end we must acknowledge our actions which have caused us to engage in sinful behavior. For excuses are just ways of deflecting what is obvious which is we are the root cause of all our actions. We must acknowledge our behavior repent and ask for forgiveness from God and those in which we have trespassed against as well as forgive ourselves. "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32 It seems as if we find it easier to sin than to ask for forgiveness, for our sins might hurt others but in asking for forgiveness we risk being rejected by those we Love. It is this risk in which we fear and find to be more painful than confessing and facing our wrongs. What we fail to understand is that we see the act of asking for forgiveness as a place in which we are most vulnerable and at the mercy of others but it is in this act of asking for forgiveness is where we learn what it is to forgive, because at that moment it is what we desire the most. Up until then we think about forgiveness so casually until the time in which we are in need of it, and then we understand its significance for it does not reverse what we have done but it allows us to recognize the depth of our actions and what it takes to ask and receive forgiveness. "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots." Luke 23:34 Be Still And Know That I Am. Amen. Hallelujah