Author: Timothy S. Blomstrom
It is by grace, love, and mercy we are forgiven for our lack of obedience. We are saved entirely by the grace of God, not by our good deeds. Our trespasses (sins) are a violation of God's moral law or the rights of other people. Through Jesus Christ, we are born again and forgiven.
"We all stumble in many ways..." -James 3:2.
A friend can trespass against another friend by breaking trust or betraying their confidence. A parent can cross their child by dealing harshly with them. A husband can betray their wife by lusting after another woman other than her. We can overcome these trespasses by the grace of God, for it is His grace that chastens us to live soberly, righteously, and God-fearing in the present world -Titus 2:11-12.
Allowing the Holy Spirit to help and putting a focus on God's Word will gracefully succumb us to obey. Learn from each mistake and confess to another where you have wronged. The Lord has forgiven you through your belief in Christ. His grace is showered upon us, and we are blessed with spiritual blessings because we are one with Christ as believers.
Think about this; we now have a supernatural ability to forgive others as we have been forgiven. Little offenses, significant offenses, and even offenses that were once unforgivable, God has given us the ability to forgive others. While on the cross, Jesus said, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do" -Luke 23:34.
The grace of forgiveness requires the strength of God. When left to our thoughts, revenge, and/or depression can rush to the forefront of our minds.
God, thank you for sending your only-begotten Son for my trespasses. Through your grace, I am forgiven and now have the power to forgive others as you have forgiven me truly. Thank you, Lord, In Jesus' name, Amen.