The scripture for today, April 16, is Hebrews 4:16 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Anyone who has lived very long has committed some sin they hope no one ever finds out about. Some people have committed many such sins. Sometimes because of that one “big” sin or the constant repetition of a particular “big” sin, people punish themselves by putting words in God’s mouth. They say, “God could never forgive me for that.” Perhaps you can never forgive yourself, but God is greater than you.
Jesus told Peter we must forgive our brothers 70 times 7. If kept literally, that would mean we’d have to forgive the same sin 490 times. It is figurative for forgiving all the time. 1st Corinthians 13, the “love chapter” of the Bible, says, “Love…keeps no record of wrongs.” Let us not only forgive others, but let us help people who cannot forgive themselves.
God is a God of mercy.