And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Matthew 6 : 12
Look at the financial state of our country, not even half way through the consequences of the Covid-19 Pandemic and we are building up a huge amount of monetary debt that will have to be repaid at some time.
Have you ever been in debt? Have you found it hard to repay your debts?
Some people would do without the essentials of daily life in order to repay their debts. Many others would do without rather than incurring a debt.
But that’s all about money!!
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus is not referring to financial debts, but what is He referring to? Christians have so many versions of what He said:
“Forgive us the wrongs we have done, as we forgive the wrongs that others have done to us”,
“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”
More simply, Jesus is referring to our past sins. We are asking God to forgive our sins after we forgive the sins of others. As Christians, should we not forgive others for their sins or mistakes and only then ask God to forgive our sins?
If we think of our relationships with other people, it is possible to build up hurts and grievances that will become the foundation of a very difficult and negative relationship. If it is going to continue, we must look for release from the past and to forgive what has transpired because they do not matter. The wrongs of the past must not define the relationship.
The new relationship is opened up by the act of forgiveness. Forgiveness from God, allows us to forgive others. Forgiveness and release opens up the way to the future.
God is prepared to forgive all the wrongs we have done, though we do not deserve it and have done little to earn it. He has given us mercy, grace, peace and love through his son, Jesus Christ.
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
Action: Every Sunday we ask God for spiritual forgiveness for the wrongs we have done during the week past. Think about someone with whom you have been negative, or even had negative thoughts. Might that have been because of your interpretation of what was said or done?
Think about it again and how you might change what was negative to a positive.