Thursday: and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
One of the most surprising stories that Jesus told was about a man who had borrowed lots of money. I mean a lot of money from a wealthy person. When it came time to pay the money back, he went to wealthy man in tears because he couldn’t pay the money back. The wealthy man felt sorry for the man and although it was a lot of money and he wanted it back, he said the man could keep it – he had his debt wiped clean.
However, there were other people who owed this person money. How do you think he treated them? Yes, I would have thought he would have been kind to them too but in this story he isn’t, they don’t owe him very much at all but he is very harsh with them.
This is what the next line of the Lord’s prayer is talking about.
forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us
Sin – the bad things we do and the good things we don’t do – is a bit like a debt. When we are mean to someone or unkind to them it is like we owe them something (i.e. to say sorry, put it right and become friends again).
Christians believe that all humans have been unkind and wrong towards God – we have sinned. When Jesus died and rose again Christians believe that Jesus paid the ‘debt’ that we owed towards God. Because of the cross God can forgive us for the wrong things we do and the good that we don’t do.
However, we can’t act like that man: this next line of the prayer asks God to help us forgive others and treat others as God treats us in his love in sending Jesus to die for us.
Today lets think about something that we have done to upset someone and ask God to help us put it right.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.