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Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

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What were the last words of Jesus on the cross?
Luke 23:34 ESV
34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
What was unexpected about the last words of Jesus on the cross?
Jesus did not say, “I love you so much that I am going to die for your sins.”
What’s happening here?
Actions speak louder than words.
One of the most gracious and loving acts you can ever offer another person is to forgive them for what they have done to you.
To not hold their misdeeds against them.
To forgive someone else is to release that person from the blood guilt of the wrong they have committed against you.
To forgive someone else is to release that person from the blood guilt of the wrong they have committed against you.
To forgive another person their wrongdoing against you is to show a deep act of gracious mercy.
To forgive another their wrongdoing against you is to show a deep act of gracious mercy.
To forgive is actually a deep and profound act of love.
The Lord’s prayer, the prayer Jesus teaches us make this very clear.
Matthew 6:12 ESV
12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Do not delay in forgiving another person.
Do not delay in forgiving another person.
Psalm 37:8 ESV
8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
Other wise its poisoning effect will course through your veins turning your heart dark and bitter.
Matthew 18:23–35 ESV
23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
One of the tragic secrets of the Church is the damage we commit when we sin against each other.
One of the tragic secrets of the Church is the damage we commit when we sin against each other.
This sin exposes and even greater sin, when, in our lovelessness and with cold hearts we do not forgive others of their wrong doings.
But how do we forgive from the heart when there is often so much hurt?
Of all people this is something that should come to us so naturally.
We speak a lot about, grace, mercy, self sacrifice...
But does forgiveness come naturally?
Ephesians 4:26–27 ESV
26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil.
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When we hold onto the sin of another.
Ephesians 4:31–32 ESV
31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:26–27 ESV
26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil.
When we hold onto the sin of another.
When we hold onto the sin of another.
When we cannot let go.
We are standing on very dangerous ground.
As points out.
Ephesians 4:30–32 ESV
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
We grieve the holy spirit when we hold onto and do not hand to God the injustices committed against us.
We grieve the Holy Spirit who calls us to let go of these injustices committed against us and to hand them, without reservation, to God.
We grieve the Holy Spirit who calls us to let go of these injustices committed against us and to hand them, without reservation, to God.
Because like a toxic cancer, such unforgiveness, eats away at our hearts and our soul and turns pour hearts bitter and lifeless.
But when we pray to God for help to let go. Wow!
When we let go, and let God take such injustice done against us, the wound is lanced and the power of sin that is in us, is opened up and cleansed out. The barb of sin is expunged and the wound opened to God’s healing touch.
God calls us to hand it all to God.
We must ask God t
Only Half the Story
But this is only half the story.
Then does is do for the one who is forgiven their wrong doings.
What happens to the one forgiven their wrong doings?
The woman at Jesus feet, the woman at the well earlier in chapter 4 of Luke’s gospel tell us so clearly.
We are freed from the burden of our sin.
To be forgiven is to be free indeed.
We are freed our shame.
And renewal and wholeness take root in us again.
I am freed from my unholy self.
Restored forgiven we are made whole again and we burn with the desire to tell others of what God has done for us.
This is why we forgive as God has forgiven us.
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