Matthew 6:12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (NKJ)
Today we continue to look at why praying the Lord’s Prayer is a dangerous thing. The Greek word in the Lord’s Prayer for debt or trespasses is a metaphor for “sin”. Probably the best translation of the Lord’s Prayer reads, “and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” (NLT) The key word in this verse is right after the comma, it is the word “as”. When you pray the Lord’s Prayer you are asking God to forgive your sins, the things you do that breaks God’s word and hurts God, “AS” or “in the same manner” you forgive others who have hurt you. In essence you are asking God to treat you as you treat others. To do to you the things you do to them when they sin, hurt, offend you.
Reflect on that for a moment. Honestly think about what it would be like if God treated you when you sin against Him the way you treat others who have hurt you. Is that a comforting thought, or a scary thought? As you read the paragraph above did anyone come to mind that you need to truly forgive? Would you be scared knowing that if you were face to face with God he would give you the same amount of forgiveness you have given them?
Today pray and ask God to help you forgive the people in your life you are struggling with. Pray for an opportunity to talk and reconcile or make things right. And pray to let go of the hurts and bitterness and move forward. Then ask God to forgive you for all the things you have done against him and others, and if need be go to those people and ask for forgiveness.