Forgive Us Our Debts
November 3, 2019 Series: Lord, Teach Us To Pray: A Series on the Lord's Prayer (Ordinary Time / Fall 2019)
We are slaves to sin. The power of evil in this world corrupts us and blinds us, so much so that even churches fall victim to it. Into this ugly reality of our bondage, Jesus brings the liberation of forgiveness. Forgiveness breaks the power of sin and death, and it also short-circuits the cycle of bitterness, revenge and violence that taints this world.
Note that this petition of the Lord's Prayer--"forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors"--does not mean that we earn forgiveness by forgiving others. Instead, it means that being forgiven by God gives us the ability and the motivation to forgive others. Instead of dwelling on how other people have wronged us (and how we can get back at them for it), we learn to think about how we have wronged others, and about how all people need to be set free from slavery to sin.
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