Luke 11:4 And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
It occurs to me that there really is only one thing to be done about sin...forgive it. Sin is a wrong that has been done. When a wrong has been done it is impossible to go back in time and undo or prevent it. It is a fact that has become an experience that has led to consequences. What is needed is a divine "re-set" button. You know how you get frustrated with your computer because it continues to "sin" against you and "lock up" or disobey your commands. At some point you give up trying to make the obstinate machine comply and you "re-set", "restart", or "reboot" the computer. (I just had that happen in the middle of this email!) We need a way to get "restarted" (or maybe "rebooted" is a better word for us stubborn creatures). The only one who has the authority and ability to forgive, or restart us, after we sin is the one that we have sinned against. If they are willing to hit the restart button and be patient to allow us to "begin again" in our relationship, then we can resume our relationship. We need the Lord's forgiveness as we wrong Him and we need to forgive others as they wrong us. We just have to realize that we need to "Re-boot, Re-sume, and Re-joice" (Of course we also need to "Re-pent" to fully benefit from this wonderful fresh start).