Lord Teach Us to Pray 6of10: Forgive Us…As We Forgive, Part 1, Evans Olang

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Matthew 6:12, “And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors”

Forgiveness is typically defined as the process of ceasing to feel resentment, indignation or anger for a perceived offense, difference or mistake, and ceasing to demand punishment or restitution. To clear from guilt justified by a fault.

Matthew 6:12, “And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors”, once again I look at the order of things in this verse and I learn that I cannot process the second part “..As we forgive..” until I have addressed “..forgive us..” first. God is brilliant, He set it that way for a reason. God deals with us as we deal with others. Here is why I believe the reason is, Peter asked Jesus how many times one ought to forgive, Jesus in turn told them of a parable, Matthew 18:23, “Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants”. In this parable, we find that there was a king who had servants and as he was going through his accounts of debts, he found one servant owed him 10,000 talents. Amplified bible version estimates 10,000 talents to be over 10,000,000 (Million Dollars). Back then, 1 talent was a monetary unit worth about 20 years’ wages for a laborer. If this man lived 80 years, he could only repay back his master about 4 talents. If 80 years could payback only 4 talents assuming he worked only to payback his debt, what would it take to pay back 10 thousand of it which is equivalent to 10 Million dollars today?. Matthew 18:25, says, “But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made”. There was no way this man could pay his debt. 

I think we still have failed to understand and also bring people to the knowledge of what we owe or owed the Lord. We want to tell people their debts are paid before they understand what their debt is and the cost. The Lord not only told us that this man owed, he told us exactly what he owed to shed light that it was no small debt and there is a reason why. The bible says in Romans 6:23, “for the wages of sin is death…”, that is the payment for sin which is transgression of the law. That is what it takes to satisfy the demands of the law broken. If a man was fined only 100 dollars, you can conclude his crime was petty, however if you hear a man was given multiple life sentences, you can conclude that his crime was huge. What this debtor owed condemned him to death. In 2Samuel 24 when David numbered his people who were in line with the sin of pride, God killed 70,000 men to show David that his sin was not petty. When David understood the cost to make things right, it drove him to repentance because that is what the cost should do to us.

You have to understand what you owe and that you are in no position to pay it back however hard you try. The man who owed could not pay his debt and the payment (which would still not be enough to cover his debt) was to have him, his wife, his children, and all that he had sold. When we sin (in debt), we put our families in jeopardy like this man did

Matthew 18:26, “The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt”. This man had good intentions with no ability even if he was given a life time to repay. The same today, people are trying hard to pay their debt by trying to be good hoping they can be good enough to erase the debt. I think people try to pay it because they have not been told the cost of paying it back. In this man’s condition of hopelessness, the master did three things that took care of the matter, 1. he had compassion on him 2. he released him 3. he forgave him of his debts.

To understand the magnitude of the debt of sin we’ve been forgiven, we have to look at the cross where God poured His wrath destined to us on His Son on the cross, suffering and dying . DL Moody said, “To create God only had to speak, to REDEEM, Christ had to SUFFER”, that is what it took to make things right, Christ payment through His suffering and death. Isaiah 53:5, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed (NIV), Hebrews 9:22, “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.(NIV).

With this I now have a great understanding of what it means to pray, “Forgive us our debts…” (Vertical) because I’ve seen the cost to appreciate the sacrifice. It prepares me for “…As we forgive our debtors (Horizontal)” we will tackle in the next session. Blessings Ev

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