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  1. Day 1: In the Beginning
  2. Day 2: And They Felt No Shame
  3. Day 3: By Him We Cry, “Abba, Father”
  4. Day 4: Who Is This King of Glory?
  5. Day 5: The Skies Proclaim the Work of His Hands
  6. Day 6: Now the Serpent
  7. Sabbath
  8. Day 8: The Word Became Flesh
  9. Day 9: The Radiance of God's Glory
  10. Day 10: For God Was Pleased
  11. Day 11: That You May Know Him Better
  12. Day 12: I Am
  13. Day 13: Whoever Believes
  14. Sabbath
  15. Day 15: In the Sixth Month
  16. Day 16: Caesar Augustus Issued a Decree
  17. Day 17: What Shall I Do, Then, With Jesus
  18. Day 18: And Darkness Came Over the Whole Land
  19. Day 19: There Came a Rich Man from Arimathea
  20. Day 20: By This Gospel You Are Saved
  21. Sabbath
  22. Day 22: He Went and Preached to the Spirits in Prison
  23. Day 23: He Is Not Here—He Is Risen
  24. Day 24: He Was Taken Up
  25. Day 25: I See Heaven Open
  26. Day 26: He Will Appear a Second Time
  27. Day 27: Jesus Christ Is Lord
  28. Sabbath
  29. Day 29: I Will Put My Spirit In You
  30. Day 30: What Does This Mean?
  31. Day 31: No Branch Can Bear Fruit by Itself
  32. Day 32: So I Say, Walk by the Spirit
  33. Day 33: For the Common Good
  34. Day 34: But the Greatest of These Is Love
  35. Sabbath
  36. Day 36: I Will Build My Church
  37. Day 37: A People Belonging to God
  38. Day 38: It Seemed Good to the Holy Spirit and to Us
  39. Day 39: You Are All One in Christ Jesus
  40. Day 40: A Great Multitude No One Could Count
  41. Day 41: Let Us Run With Perseverance
  42. Day 43: The Law is Only a Shadow
  43. Day 44: As We Also Have Forgiven Our Debtors
  44. Day 45: Then the End Will Come
  45. Day 46: Sown In Weakness—Raised In Power
  46. Day 47: Now This Is Eternal Life
  47. Sabbath
  48. Day 48: I Am Making Everything New
Lesson 43 of 48
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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 . . .