Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 14, 2011

The Lord’s Prayer 8

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 1:26 am

Mt 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

Mt 6:10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Mt 6:11 Give us today our daily bread.

Mt 6:12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors

 

Forgive us.  Notice how far down in the pray Jesus places the plea for God to forgive us.  Before our confession of sin God wants us to: address Him, praise Him, ask for His kingdom within us, ask for His will to be done in the same manner it is done in heaven and ask for our daily needs.  God knows we are sinners redeemed by the blood of His Son.  We do need to confess our sins and ask forgiveness but, since Jesus already paid the price, God desires our praises first.

 

Notice, after we ask for our forgiveness we state we have forgiven others.  There is a very important “little” word connecting the two requests – the word, “as”.  We are constraining God to forgive us in the same proportion we forgive others.  Forgiveness is not an emotion.  It is a choice.  Emotional hurts leave scars but we can still choose forgiveness.  That doesn’t always include forgetting but it does include not holding it against someone.  We want God’s best for everyone – even those who have hurt us or wronged us or our family members.  God doesn’t command emotions but He does command choices.  Remember, Jesus said, “Whoever is without sin cast the first stone.”  None of us are without sin.  Only man puts a rating scale on sin.  To God, sin is sin.  All of sin is equally bad.  If we want forgiven, we must choose to forgive.  Choose forgiveness today.

 

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