Sunday, February 26, 2017

Prayer - Forgive Us Our Debts (HP18)

Matt 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Luke 11:4  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Before we come before the Lord we have to search ourselves whether we have forgiven all our brethren including those causing us much pain and sufferings. If not He will not forgive us our debts or sins

Mat 18:32-35  Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.” (Read Mat18:21-35)
From this parable, our Lord is adamant that we must not have any bitterness or unforgiveness towards any brethren otherwise we will be cast to the torturers (in Hades?). Does this mean that our saving grace is also taken back?
Brethren, I will rather spend time searching myself for it is imperative that we are completely free from unforgiveness.

1. Mat 5:11-12  “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
All those who sin against us are actually blessing us. Will you hate a brother who has given you a lovely house, a beautiful car, peace, security, comfort? We should be grateful and thank this benefactor.

2. 2 Thess 2:12  that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Though this benefactor has indirectly helped God in purifying us, yet because of his evil deeds, he will be condemned to hell. We should be sorrowful that because of helping us, he is condemned to such great pains in the eternal fire.

3. Mat 5:44  "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,"
When we can love and do good to our enemies (benefactors) and can sincerely pray for them by asking God to be merciful and also help them to see and obey His truth, then there is forgiveness.

Mat 6:14-15   “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

2 Cor 5:7  For we walk by faith and not by sight.
When we walk by faith in obeying His word we will be transformed by the renewing of our mind, and we will know truth and then able to forgive and bless all our enemies.