“We have sinned, been wicked and done evil; we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws. We have not obeyed your servants the prophets . . .” Not such a good day for the Israelites today. An open and honest admission that they have failed to follow the will of God. A lot. Sinning. Being wicked. Doing evil. Rebelling. Departing from commandments and laws. Not obeying. This is a pretty complete list.
I know I can point out similar things in my own life. I sin, am wicked, do evil, rebel, depart from commandments and laws, and do not obey. Such is my list. Where is the healing for such a list? To be sure, we experience profound forgiveness of God by asking. But, Jesus also knew the weakness of our hearts, and the effects of our sins. He knew we needed to speak them, not only in prayer, but to another. Such brings a greater awareness of the will of God.
Jesus stresses those things that make it more likely our hearts become open to this forgiveness. Stop judging. Stop condemning. Forgive. At the heart of our sins I think is that pride that says we know better than anyone, even God. So we judge and condemn those who do not live up to our standards. We find it hard to forgive such people. Yet, when we sin, we desire the forgiveness of God, which is primary, and the forgiveness by others.
Look deep into your hearts today, into your souls, and invite God inside. Ask God to help you to be merciful just as he is merciful Can we become known as the givers of compassion and mercy, especially when it is undeserved, as when we go before God?