And forgive us our debts
“Pray, then, in this way: (spoken by Jesus)
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
Matthew 6:9-13 NASB
Continuing our study of the Lord’s prayer, given by Jesus as an outline for communicating with God the Father, we come to, “Forgive us our debts.”
What is this debt? A debt is that which is owed, that which is justly or legally due, an offence or sin. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gracious gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
What is sin? According to 1 John 3:4, “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”
What then can we do to receive forgiveness of this debt?
“If we acknowledge our sins, then, since He is trustworthy and just, He will forgive them and purify us from all wrongdoing.” 1 John 1:9
“This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”
Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”
Hebrews 10:17, Jeremiah 31:34, Hebrews 8:12
This is the Good News, Jesus paid our debt by taking the punishment for us, as He says in Matthew 26:28 “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
What a gift!!!
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