A Hypocrite Will Come to Church (Watson)

 When we pray the Lord’s prayer we ask our Father to “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (NASB).  This is what Paul was getting at in Ephesians 4:32: “…forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (NASB).  Here are Thomas Watson’s comments on this reality:

He whose sins are forgiven is willing to forgive others who have offended him.  …A hypocrite will read, come to church, give alms, build hospitals, but cannot forgive wrongs; he will rather want (lack) forgiveness from God than he will forgive his enemies.  A pardoned soul agrees thus: “Has God been so good to me to forgive me my sins, and shall I not imitate him in this?  Has he forgiven me pounds, and shall I not forgive pence?”

…By this touchstone we may try whether our sins are pardoned.  We need not climb up to heaven to see whether our sins are forgiven, but only look into our hearts.  Are we of forgiving spirits?  Can we bury injuries, requite good for evil?  This would be a good sign that we are forgiven of God.  If we can find all these things wrought in our souls, they are happy signs that our sins are pardoned, and are good letters (of) testimonial to show for heaven.

Thomas Watson, The Lord’s Prayer, p. 242-3.

Shane Lems
Hammond, WI, 54015