Forgive us our tresspasses, as we forgive those who tresspass against us.

It’s in the Lord’s Prayer.  We have all heard it, read it, prayed it. And yet what does it mean?

Does it mean, forgive us at the same time that we forgive others?

Does it mean forgive us the same way we forgive others?

Does it mean forgive us if  we forgive others? (Boy are we screwed if we don’t forgive others huh?)

Anyway you look at it, the pressure is on.  We are asking God to do something ‘as’ we do it.  And yet we know we are called to forgive as He forgives.

Who are we to forgive?

Those who hurt us, the Lord forgives us and we certainly hurt Him. (if I’m not mistaken our sins killed Him)

When are we to forgive?

 When we are asked, and even if we’re not asked.  God forgives us for the sin we know we commit and confess, and He forgives us for the sin we don’t even recognize yet.

Why? 

 Because unforgiveness will eat you up from the inside out, and because He tells us to do it!

What are we to forgive?

I think the only unforgivable sin is blapheme against the Holy Spirit? (right? and what is that exactly? Anyone want to take a stab at it?) 

How are we to forgive? 

 God forgives because Jesus stepped in on our behalf, so how are we suppose to do it?  I think we are suppose to stop trying to make the person pay for their sin.  Jesus paid for it already, mine yours, and the one who has hurt you so many times you think 70 times 7 passed about 1000 times ago!

Forgiveness doesn’t mean we have to put ourselves in a position to be hurt by that person 1000 more times, it just means, we won’t seek vengeance against them, we will leave that to the wrath of God, and maybe that we will pray they repent,and confess, and turn from their evil ways before that wrath of God becomes their eternity. 

I’m glad someone, somewhere, prayed me into forgiveness.

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