Forgive Us Our Debts, As We Forgive Our Debtors (5 of 7) by Lenny Ports

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Forgive Us Our Debts, As We Forgive Our Debtors (5 of 7)
Series: The Lord's Prayer
Lenny Ports
Matthew 6:9-13

We are in a study on the Lord's prayer. Let's read it together:

Matthew 6:9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

This week, we will be talking about what it means when we PRAY, ''Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.''


Forgiveness. The word forgive in the Greek means:
to send away
to let go, give up a debt
to remit
to keep no longer

When Jesus taught us to pray, He said, ''forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors'' (or those who are indebted to us). He goes on later in Matthew 6 to describe it in more detail.

14 ''For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

He said if we don't forgive others, neither will He forgive us. To be forgiven of sins is to be released of the indebtedness caused by sin. It means to remove the requirement to pay the penalty of sins. So when Jesus forgave us on the cross, He released us from the requirement to pay the price for the sins that we committed against Him AND the sins that we committed against others.

Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came to Him and said, ''Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?'' 22 Jesus said to him, ''I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts w ...

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