The Lord's Prayer 7
'...forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.' Matthew 6:12 NLT
This is a pretty extreme part of The Lord's Prayer. When we pray it, we give away our right to anger, revenge and resentment. But this is the line that rescues us from our inbuilt tendency to fool ourselves that we can live by one set of standards but expect something different from other people. In this line of the prayer the shadow of the cross falls onto the page. Ultimately Jesus forgave his enemies when he had the power to destroy them.
Think about this - if God: (a) was a bit choosy in forgiving like you are; (b) took his time before forgiving just to rub it in; (c) told everybody who'd listen what you've done to him; (d) forgave, but refused to give you another chance; (e) made up his mind to avoid you; (f) refused to help you the next time you were in trouble, saying, 'You should've learned your lesson last time,' could you live with that? No? Then offer to other people the same forgiveness God offers to you.
When you pray 'forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us' (Matthew 6:12 NLT), you're asking for a change of heart!
So what now? Nehemiah writes, '...you are a forgiving God...' (Nehemiah 9:17 NIV). Aren't you glad he didn't write, 'you are a God ready to put us on probation.' No, forgiveness is God's generous attitude toward you. His forgiveness was assured before you were born. Wow! Doesn't that make you want to live life God's way!
Soulfood: 2 Chr 29-31, Mark 7:24-37, Ps 119:145-160, Prov 22:14-16