I was especially tickled by one of the statements and remind myself of it often. It read, “And forgive us our trash-baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.”
Isn’t that great?! What a perfect visual image!
It is often much harder to forgive the trash that is tossed into my life than it is to deal with the trash I make myself. You know what I’m talking about, a little:
- Unkind Word
- Bit of gossip
Somehow it’s easier to overlook my own trash, and to think that mine doesn’t stink quite as bad as the other guy’s garbage. Whew, am I wrong!
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Luke 6:41-42 (NIV)
We’ve all got trash! I know I put it in my own basket, and please forgive me if I ever put some in yours. The good news is that because of His great love for us our Heavenly Father through the gift of Jesus takes away all of our trash. Not only our trash, but if we let Him – He will remove the trash others toss in as well . . . He even makes our baskets sparkle.
So, the next time someone throws a little trash in your basket it might be easier to forgive them if you think of the Lord emptying your basket of all of its trash, yours and theirs, through the blood of Jesus! By the way, go ahead and forgive yourself too! His loving forgiveness makes your basket shiny and clean!
Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 1Cor.15:57 (NIV)