The Terrible Petition: Forgive Us as We Forgive Our Debtors Back to all sermons
Date: September 3, 2017
Speaker: Pastor Marc Wragg
Series: The Forgiveness Paradigm
Scripture: Matthew 6:9–6:15, Luke 11:4
Jesus instructed His disciples to pray that God forgive their debts just as they forgive the debts of others. The implications of such a petition should make all of us stop and think very carefully. How forgiving are you? Would you want God to treat you in the same way you treat others? Do you forgive freely and fully, seeking reconciliation quickly, or do you keep score and refuse to cancel the debt of those who have harmed you in some way? Forgiveness is intended to be a way of life for the Christian. We are to regularly and continually confess our sins to God so that our spiritual life is vibrant and free of hindrances to growth and maturity. We must also regularly seek forgiveness from others, and be just as eager to grant it when someone transgresses against us. Some may disagree, pointing to significant ways in which they’ve been wronged, or out of fear that extending forgiveness will cause them further pain. But friend, do you not know the great debt from which God has freed you?