There are times in our lives when it is hard to ask forgiveness from someone, for something we have done wrong. There is a feeling of shame and fear of admitting that we committed sin against our neighbour. Additionally, we have the tendency to avoid the feeling of guilt because we don’t want to be blamed for hurting others.
Admitting our sin can be painful, especially if we have pride in our hearts. However, it is through admitting our sin that we realize that we need forgiveness in our lives. The Bible says, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). A person needs to admit that he has sinned against a holy God. That’s the only way he will realize the need for forgiveness from God. Moreover, when he asks for forgiveness of his sin, he puts his trust in Jesus Christ by faith, and accepts Him as his Lord and Saviour, that person shall be saved according to the Scripture.
For us Christians, we need to ask God’s forgiveness every day of our lives because we also commit sin against God. When a Christian admits his sin and asks God for forgiveness, God had promised that He is faithful to forgive us. I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God commanded us to always ask for forgiveness from Him, to bring back the fellowship we had with God. This is true towards others as well. If we sinned against our brother, we must ask for forgiveness from him so that there will be a reconciliation of fellowship.
So, do you find yourself in a situation where it is hard for you to admit your sin and ask for forgiveness from others? Just remember how you approached God for forgiveness. We need the forgiveness of God and from others because it is the only way we can find peace and healing in our situation.
Matthew 6: 14-15 “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”