Daily Bread and Daily Forgiveness

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Yesterday a friend of mine failed in a pretty significant way.  I don’t know all the details of what he did, nor do I need to.  All I really know is he failed and he was crushed under the weight of what he had done.

I think we can all relate.  We’ve all been there.  And so we all wonder, how do we move on after we fail.

The answer is actually simple: We ask for forgiveness from God and we move on.

But what if it is the same failure time and time again?

The answer remains simple: We ask for forgiveness from God and we move on.

But what if the failure is huge and has destroyed many things?

The answer remains the same.

Do you remember when Jesus taught us to pray?   He instructed us to pray for daily bread and forgiveness.

I think most of us are fine asking for daily bread.  We don’t mind the idea that daily we’ll need God to provide.  Nothing wrong with needing a bit of bread.  That doesn’t hurt our pride too much.

But daily forgiveness.  That seems to imply that we are failures who will fail somewhat consistently – perhaps even daily.  Yes.  I think that is Jesus’ point.  We need grace like we need food, so Jesus instructs us to ask for daily bread and forgiveness.

So here is my question: Have you been asking lately?  

I hope so.

You see God wants us to experience forgiveness.  He wants us to be set free from the burden of wondering if we are good enough.  He wants us to be set free from the fear that his love will run out.  He wants us to live free from shame and condemnation.  So he tells us to pray for daily forgiveness.

And here is the great news: when we ask we receive.

John says it like this: If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

Paul says it like this: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

If you look at these verses, it becomes clear.  God wants us to be forgiven and free.  Yet how often do we spend time rehearsing failures God said we can forget?

So today as an act of faith, ask for your daily bread and your daily forgiveness. Then receive what God gives and live free!


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