The Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”
1. “Forgive us our debts.” (Matthew 6:12a)
A. Colossians 2:13b-14, “He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.” (NIV)
B. Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
C. Hebrews 10:17, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
D. Proverbs 28:1, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”
E. 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
2. “As we forgive our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12b)
A. Matthew 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.”
B. Matthew 18:23-35
C. Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
D. Ephesians 4:32 , “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.’’
E. Luke 15:25-32
1. Have you ever come to God for the very first time to seek forgiveness of your sin? Have you ever come for the first time and trusted Christ and accepted His death as the payment for your sin debt? Have you ever repented of your sins and been made new?
2. Are you debt free or are you hiding some sin (anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, prejudice, addiction, disobedience in some area)? Will you confess it to the Lord and repent?
3. Do you need to forgive someone who has wounded you? Will you allow Jesus to heal your wound?
4. Do you need to seek forgiveness from someone that you have harmed?