We read in verse 5, “For God’s anger is but for a moment; God’s favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” This psalm is a celebration of God’s forgiving nature. According to the psalmist, our sin makes God angry, but because of God’s steadfast love, we are quickly forgiven. How readily do we forgive others? How readily do we forgive ourselves when we have sinned against God or against someone else? We all have done something or said something that we cannot seem to forgive of ourselves. I wonder if it is possible to forgive ourselves even if we cannot forget. Maybe we aren’t intended to forget anyway. Maybe remembering helps us to avoid repeating the harm.
Can we fully accept the forgiveness of God while failing to forgive ourselves or others? What steps might you take in your life to become more forgiving of yourself and more forgiving of others?
Today, offer a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s undying love and unending forgiveness. Commit yourself to becoming a person who models that same forgiveness in your own life.