Forgive and Be Forgiven

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"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth." - Ephesians 1:7-10

"He said to them, 'When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.'" - Luke 11:2-4

I won’t lie: The Lord’s Prayer is hard to say. It’s beautiful, and it’s the model Jesus taught. Even still, the Lord’s Prayer is hard for us to say.

It’s the forgiveness part. “And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.” We have forgiven those who owe us debts?! That means we practice forgiveness before coming to God in prayer. I don’t know about you, but some folks seem impossible to forgive. I can think of one person in particular who sends chills up my spine. What about you?

But in the end — though it is difficult — I say the words of our Lord. And more importantly, I try my hardest to live them. Jesus knows what he’s doing here, friends. When hate lingers in our hearts, God’s love is hidden. We miss out on the fullness of God. So even though it’s difficult, say the Lord’s Prayer. Say it and mean it. Forgive and be forgiven.

God of holiness, forgive me of my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me so that all of your children can be transformed and raised up toward you. Amen.
Apr 29 2018