Prayer Part 6: "Forgive Us Our Debts"
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As We Forgive Our Debtors
Today's prayer point is "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors." Jesus expounded upon this part of prayer in the parable about the servant who owed his master millions of dollars. He could not pay, and his wife and children and his own life would be the payment for that debt. But his master had compassion on him and completely wiped his debt off the records.
This same man went out and found someone who owed him a small amount and demanded he pay. Instead of having compassion on him, he threw him into debtor's prison. The master was very angry and this wicked man's debt was now payable in full, and he was turned over to the torturers until he could pay the last penny. Jesus concluded by stating that God would do the same to us if we do not forgive others from our heart.
Is there anyone in your life you have not forgiven? If so, you are bound by the torturers, and you must bear your own debt of sin. While you may never forget what happened nor allow the person to do it again, you must forgive them and place them in God's hands. Today we talk about how to forgive and the freedom and healing that is found in forgiveness.
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Who Needs Forgiveness?
Who needs forgiveness? Of course we know the answer to this, because Scripture tells us that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We ALL need forgiveness. And we are surrounded by people who are bound by unforgiveness of others and of themselves. Most of all, they desperately need to be forgiven by God and to know that every last speck of their guilt and shame are completely wiped away.
We are all called to be ministers of reconciliation to God. We have been given the command to take the message of forgiveness and restoration to the world around us. I challenge you to find someone this week who's weighed down with the burden of sin and hopelesness, and just show them the incredible love of God, that no matter where they are and what they've done, God loves them and wants to wipe their record clean, and give them a brand new beginning, a new lease on life.
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