Learning to Pray the Jesus Way (A blog series on The Lord’s Prayer) Part 5: A People Forgiven

As we move forward in this series on The Lord’s Prayer, we come to what may well be one of the most daunting topics of all–forgiveness.

9 Our Father in Heaven,

hallowed be your name.

10 Your kingdom come,

your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

11 Give us today our daily bread,

12 and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors…

Forgiveness is a topic that lies at the very core of Christianity.  We believe that as sinful human beings we are unable to reconcile ourselves to a holy God.  But relentless in His pursuit of us, God sent us One who can reconcile us to Himself.

Ephesians 1:7 explains how Jesus secured sinful humanity’s forgiveness before a holy God.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace…”

That verse makes a connection for us that we absolutely cannot miss.  It’s the only way that this forgiveness thing is ever going to work out right.  Go back and read the verse again, this time more slowly.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace…”

Because of Jesus God extends us forgiveness according to grace.

As this verse from Ephesians so clearly proclaims, from a Biblical perspective forgiveness is always a matter of grace.

God’s forgiveness of us is inextricably linked to His lavish grace, and as Christians, our forgiveness of others must be inextricably linked to grace as well.

Grace is fundamental to the life of believers because our entire faith rests upon it completely.  Grace is where our journey with God begins, and as we travel this road with Him, it’s the home we keep coming back to.

Here are 3 Biblical truths about grace that will help us work our way through the importance of forgiveness:

1) We need grace.

2) God gives us grace.

3) Now we extend that grace to others.

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