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Day 44: As We Also Have Forgiven Our Debtors

The Forgiveness of Sins, the Resurrection of the Body, and the Life Everlasting

READ 

Matthew 6:9–15

This, then, is how you should pray:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

MEDITATE

In the prayer he taught us, Jesus embeds a stern warning concerning the forgiveness of sins. He goes so far as to make explicit commentary on this phrase after he ends the prayer. The bottom line: If we do not forgive others, we will not be forgiven. Have you really considered the magnitude of this warning? Our un-forgiveness is the only barrier to our being forgiven. Dwell with this thought today. It has been said that un-forgiveness is to drink poison while expecting it to kill the other person. It only destroys you.

Are you withholding forgiveness in some relationship in your life or from your past? It is urgent for you to re-approach forgiveness. Keep in mind that forgiveness does not mean reconciliation with everything going back to normal. In its most basic form, forgiveness is the willful decision to cease retaliating against the other person, either inwardly or outwardly.

REFLECT

Let none lament his failings, forgiveness has risen from the tomb. Let none fear death, for the death of the Savior has set us free.

—From “Easter Sermon”
John Chrysostom

ASK

Express your questions, doubts, curiosities, and conundrums.

AFFIRM

Write any fresh affirmation stirring in your heart and mind from today.

Now affirm the Apostles’ Creed aloud:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord . . .