S.O.A.P. Devotion 2017-10-05
Eight part devotion on this text – Part 5 – And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV
“And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.”
If Jesus can forgive “it” (whatever “it” may be) so must I. I must forgive because it is a mark of being forgiven. I must forgive because it is a way of life for the believer. In a nut shell: God requires forgiveness, but why? I owed a debt for the wrong that I did to God and others. Jesus paid the price for mine and also for other’s forgiveness. For me not to forgive is to say that the price Jesus paid was not enough!
As a general rule, all debt requires payment. Sin’s required payment is eternal punishment. We have all sinned some kind of sin against God or others. Either in what we have done, or should have done but did not, or just by missing the mark on how we do things. God prefers to forgive so Jesus has already paid the debt for our sin. For us, personal debts begin with an injury that requires a payment; maybe you hurt me and the payment would be an apology, or you have what is mine and the payment is to return it to me, or you have done something wrong and you need to fix it. This passage indicates that we are to forgive others just as he forgave us. Which means we forgive wether they pay the debt or not. Just like Jesus did for us without us earning it. It cost God His Son, but we will only have to sacrifice our pride.
Just a side note. Unforgiveness does not hurt the other person, it only hurts me. It is like drinking poison and waiting on the other person to die. Unforgiveness is poison.
Father, help me to be quick to forgive those who either do me wrong, or that I even perceive that they did me wrong. Let me grow to forgive out of love, like you did, and not out of obligation.
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