“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14).

God’s forgiveness creates our forgiveness and therefore can do so much more. It can take up all our wrongs, both great and small, and carry them away from between our God and us. Christ is God’s forgiveness. God is forgiving us every day—sending from between Him and us, our sins and their fogs and darkness. When some sin that we have committed has clouded all our horizon and hidden Him from our eyes, he sweeps away a path for His forgiveness to reach our hearts that it may, by our repentance, destroy the wrong and make us able even to forgive ourselves. For some are too proud to forgive themselves until the forgiveness of God has had its way with them and made their heart come again like the heart of a little child. Looking at forgiveness then, as the ever-perfecting work going on, as the contact of God’s heart and ours, we may say that God’s love is ever in front of His forgiveness. God loves where forgiveness is yet simply impossible because no contact of hearts is possible. The Spirit of God lies all about the spirit of man like a mighty sea, ready to rush in at the smallest chink in the walls that shut Him out from His own—walls that even the tone of a violin afloat on the wind of that Spirit is sometimes enough to rend from battlement to base, as the blast of a ram’s horn rent the walls of Jericho. He only awaits the turning of our face toward Him.

Adapted from “In His Presence”