Forgive Our Debtors
- What it means.
- God?s constantly forgiving us is to be the pattern for our forgiving those who sin against us (Matthew 18:32,33; Eph. 4:32).
- Jesus teaches Peter to forgive 70 x 7 times those who confess their sins.
- The idea is that we should always forgive, and always be ready to tell them we forgive them.
- There is a difference between forgiving our debtors and going to them to seek their repentance.
- Our forgiving consists of promises.
- How can you and I forgive?
- First, remember that we commanded to forgive (John 13:34; 15:12; I Peter 1:22; I Jn. 4:21).
- God?s forgiveness is first, and in it He gives us the ability to forgive.
- Because God has, in love, forgiven us, we receive from Him the love with which we forgive our debtors.
- The desire to forgive our debtors arises from the knowledge of God?s forgiving love of us (cf. Eph. 4:32).
- We must forgive because Jesus teaches us to pray this prayer exactly as He gave it to us.
- Can we honestly say that we love God, when we hate the brother whom God loves? (I John 4:20).
- Our forgiving others is evidence of a sincere sorrow for all our sin.
- Jesus teaches us that the experience of forgiveness comes in the way of our forgiving.
- The idea is not that our forgiving is the basis or ground on which God forgives us.
- The meaning is that in the measure that we forgive our debtors, God will give us the joy of our being forgiven.
- We ought not seek forgiveness of God unless we ourselves also forgive those who sinned against us.
- When God forgives, He gives the grace of thankfulness.
- Jesus uses this expression to comfort us in the weakness of our faith.