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Friday, November 2, 2018

Matthew 6:12

 
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
Matthew 6:12

This is the fifth request in the Lord's Prayer. Ultimately, this is our most important personal need, because there are eternal consequences if God does not forgive our sin. But if we have accepted His gift of grace and are born again, then we can be forgiven all of our sins.

Once we are a child of God, He takes all of our sin and puts it on Jesus, and takes all of Jesus' righteousness and puts it on us. But even though we are born again, we all still stumble. And we will continue to stumble until either we die, or He comes for us. We still need to be forgiven daily because sin affects our relationship with the Father.

Although we are adopted sons and daughters of God, we are still sinners and we all need forgiveness every day of our lives. This is where, in our prayer, we allow God to probe our lives, and expose anything that displeases him: any sin, attitude, motive, or rebellion that has caused us to stumble or hurt others. Ask Him to forgive you and restore your relationship with Him and with others.

And this brings us to the second part to this request. Forgive us as we forgive others. We don't get off the hook by just asking the Father to forgive us, but we need to forgive others with the same liberality with which we ourselves have been forgiven.

We need to ask the Father to help us forgive others. Even though they have hurt or deeply offended us, we need ask for the grace to forgive. Jesus said, "If you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (Matthew 6:15).

Forgive and be forgiven today.

Tom Day

 

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