3.19.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 47. The Lords Prayer.

Matthew 6:12 says this; “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

This reference to sin and forgiveness, in fact, is one reason some commenters dislike calling this passage the “Lord’s Prayer.” Strictly speaking, these are Jesus’ instructions on how to pray not something He was actually praying, Himself. More importantly, as one who was tempted but without sin the request made in the verse is one Jesus would never have prayed. What we call this passage doesn’t really matter; however, it’s worth remembering that the “Lord’s Prayer” is the Lord’s model for our prayers, not a prayer the Lord prayed.

The Greek word translated in the ESV as “debts” is opheilēmata, which most literally means a person’s “dues” or “obligations.” In practice, this refers to sins or “transgressions.” This phrasing would have been especially meaningful to Matthew, who at one point was a tax collector who made a living by coercing people to pay what they owed the Roman Empire.

This statement is meant both as both a request and a declaration. It asks God to forgive the one praying, and states the one praying has forgiven those who wronged them. Jesus is instructing believers to pray for forgiveness. He is also declaring the necessity of extending forgiveness to other people. Both are critical needs for every person: to be forgiven of sin by God and to follow God’s example by forgiving others.

Jesus will drive this point home again verses 14 & 15. The need to forgive others and the lack of forgiveness from the Father if you don’t forgive. That makes you think….doesn’t it?

Jesus came to earth to make it possible for those who trust in Him to be fully forgiven by God for their sins once and for all. He will do this by paying the price for sin, giving His life as the final blood sacrifice and then defeating death through His resurrection. Confronted with such a sacrifice, God’s expects born-again believers—who have received the unfathomable gift of forgiveness—will turn and forgive all who sin against them.

Forgiveness. Pass it on.

5 Comments

  1. Suzanne on March 19, 2021 at 7:03 am

    So many good scriptures to choose from

    Psalm 86:5
    For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

    John 13:34
    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

    1 John 1:9-10
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

    Ephesians 4:31-32
    Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

    • Peggy F on March 19, 2021 at 8:54 am

      Amen! Suzanne !

  2. Patti S on March 19, 2021 at 7:07 am

    Being forgiven, something I know I want, but I don’t always want to give. (Just in writing that, it looks so selfish).

    Sometimes it is easy to forgive. Sometimes, not so much. Sometimes it can be layers of forgiveness. The wounds can be so deep, only time reveals where forgiveness still needs to enter in.

    I know I can’t look at the cross and not put the work into forgiving.

    And I know I need God’s help.

    I appreciate the words above, ‘Jesus is instructing people to pray for forgiveness’.

    Because of Him

  3. Peggy F on March 19, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Praise the Lord ! ” Forgive us, ” as we” forgive others” He keeps it simple for us, God is Love ! and another scripture that comes to mind, is 1 Corinthians 13 called by many the ” Love” chapter.
    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, ” it keeps no record of wrongs” , Amen!!!!
    Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. So be it , Amen !

  4. Sherri H on March 20, 2021 at 11:43 am

    amen forgiveness is a much needed necessity or it will tear you apart if you dont forgive speaking from experience, thankfully I knew what was up and didnt let unforgiveness go on very long cuz it was making me an angry person and I did not like that and that wasnt me -thank you Jesus for allowing me the opportunity to forgive

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