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The Lord’s Prayer

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

The Lord’s prayer.  Jesus used it to teach us how to pray and in so doing how we should also live our lives.  Many people know the words to the Lord’s prayer but fail to take the time to look at what the words mean for our lives.  Jesus tells us we should always ask for forgiveness when we pray.  I think most everyone does that.  It is the second part of the verse that creates the problem.  Jesus is telling us we will be forgiven only if we are first willing to forgive. 

So many of us have been hurt by the actions of others.  The message remains the same, forgive.  It doesn’t matter what others have done to us, it pales in comparison to what our sin did to Jesus.  If you are unwilling to forgive then perhaps you should avoid saying the Lord’s prayer.  For the person unwilling to forgive the verse would read, Since I am unwilling to forgive, please do not forgive me.  Our unwillingness to forgive turns the blessing into a curse.  Will you choose to forgive?

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