When we do someone wrong asking anyone else for forgiveness will not receive it.

Example: I steal your car, then go to my cousin and, telling him, “I’m sorry for stealing that car. Please forgive me for doing this wrong toward someone else.”

Well my cousin can’t forgive me for stealing your car- only you can! Did you know, you can’t forgive me “completely” when I have sinned against you? The problem is no human being can forgive us for sin- Only God can! There is NO amount of “things” you can do for this forgiveness.

No sayings you can do enough, no amount of money given to the church, so what do we HAVE to do? With all things to get the answer we MUST seek God’s Word to know the truth. Lets look at not only a sinner but a man called, a man after God’s own heart- yes David:

Psalm 51: 16-17, You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

God desires- no, requires, a broken spirit (true sadness) for what we have done, so paying penetrance- so many hail marry’s won’t help! Definition for “contrite”:

. Contrite [kənˈtraɪt ˈkɒntraɪt] Adjective
1, Full of guilt or regret; remorseful
2. Arising from a sense of shame or guilt contrite promises

3. (Christian Religious Writings/ Theology) Theol remorseful for past sin and resolved to avoid future sin

Notice it includes, not only feelings of regret, shame and guilt but also- a resolution to avoid future sin! Rattling off some ritual “words” made up by others isn’t a broken sprit or contrite heart!

To look a little sooner in Scripture also from David we see the part about ALL sin is against God even though we may have done something to someone else “human” is:

Psalm 51: 1-4, For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.

The former Scripture is concerning not only the sin of adultery but also murder of Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah. I don’t see David going to Uriah’s mother or father, Bathsheba’s mother or father, do you? Did he? I don’t know he may have- BUT we do see where he goes before the One that ALL sin is against- God!

I remember once after getting out of prison, with God’s leadership, I spoke to the people at the church I had attended before being incarcerated. I spoke about how sin would, and did with me, “take you further that you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay!”

The response? Well some said- he never asked me, others said, he never apologized to the church. The message- God desired them to hear- was blocked by their own sin of desiring “their” wants to be satisfied!

Now, as I mentioned before, God does desire and expect us to go to others for reconciliation:

Matthew 5: 23-24, “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

Yes, even before coming to God, but we must realize, when we sin, regardless of the sin or who it has been committed against, it IS against God! Today we have a closer relationship to God then those in the Old Testament- it is through Jesus!

Mark 2: 5-10a, When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,“Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”

Actually they were right about one point- Only God can forgive sins- however the problem they didn’t see was Jesus was, is and always be- God! Doesn’t that make your eyes tear up? Knowing the One that was willing to suffer and die for us (me) is God? It does me!

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