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March 9, 2018, 8:28 AM

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March 9, 2018

Matthew 6:12 (KJV)
12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

This has always been a tough statement for me to explain, so I would avoid it as much as possible. But here it is, right in the petition part of this model prayer. Are we really only forgiven as much as we forgive? If this is the case I am done! But notice the wording. This is a petition, asking God to forgive as much as I forgive. What are we really asking God? Since this is a prayer coming from a relationship “Our Father”, this not about our relationship but rather our character. Forgiveness is not easy. Matthew 18:21-22 (KJV) 21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Forgiveness was a spiritual issue even as Jesus taught the twelve. His parable in Mathew 18 gets this character nailed down for us. Notice that throughout, the servant is still His servant. But growing in Grace is something all of us continue to do throughout our life. Learning to forgive is still the goal. This passage establishes the standard. This is the character of Christ. We should be like Him.

1 John 1:9-10 (KJV) 9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 2:1 (KJV) 1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Forgiveness comes through Christ. We all know that we sin. God knows and made a provision. He shows us that we are born again not to sin, but He knows us and provided a way to fellowship. We are blessed.



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