The Lord’s Prayer contains a curious phrase that gives me pause. Frankly, it makes me uncomfortable every time I say it.
The passage in question is “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” We mean the first part, but do we really mean the second part?
When we ask this of God, are we implicitly requesting him to forgive us only to the degree we forgive others?Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Click To Tweet
If so, I want to make sure I’m not holding any grudges or have any unforgiveness in my heart towards others.
The consequences are too great for anything less.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.