“Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.”
Part of our Epistle Reflection this morning is taken from Colossians 1:13, where St. Paul is writing to the Christians at Colossi about their need to be formed, spiritually, as God’s people. He gives them the strong reminder that this is the work of God in them: the same God who transferred them from darkness into His Kingdom. The don’t need to constantly be transferred from darkness into His Kingdom – but they do need to constantly be formed by this new reality.
This morning we might reflect on how our dependence on God for forgiveness is a part of this work of formation in our lives. We need forgiveness because we are guilty. We receive forgiveness because He is gracious and merciful. Spiritual formation takes place as we live as inheritors of this great gift: beneficiaries of God’s grace.