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Summary: 6th in series on Matthew 6, the Lord's prayer

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Forgiveness

Matthew 6:12

ILL: INSUFFICIENT FUNDS - Overdrawn; taking more out than you’ve put in

not the banks fault; not the store’s fault

Debt HAS to be paid

-Wealthy benefactor very unlikely

Spiritual Debt - You are covered by God’s grace (you are in Great Hands)

I. Forgiven

Debt - greek; - “to owe someone something”

Romans 4:5 - People cannot do any work that will make them right with God”

“It is God who justifies” Romans 8:33

God pays a debt that is not His

Mark 2:7 - “only God can take away sins”

John 1:29 - Jesus is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.”

We cannot cover it ourself!!!

He covered our debt

ref - insufficient funds - covering debt is only 1/2. there is also a penalty

“He changed places with us and put himself under that curse” Galatians 3:13

“That is what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all -- was put to death and then made alive -- to bring us to God. 1 Peter 3:18 (MSG)

“But He was wounded for the wrong we did; He was crushed for the evil we did. The punishment, which made us well, was given to Him, and we are healed because of His wounds. Isaiah 53:5

Hebrews 10:14 “with one sacrifice, Jesus made perfect forever those who are being made holy”

No more sacrifices needed; no more deposits are neccessary. So complete was the payment that Jesus used a banking term to proclaim your salvation. “It is finished” John 19:30 “Tetelestai” was a financial term used to annouce the final installment.

The task of forgiveness is finished. He has paid our debt

Even saying “forgive our debts” does not earn forgiveness. We repeat the words to remind us of the grace we have recieved; not to attain a forgiveness that we need.

Forgive

Matthew 6:12, 14-15

“Resentment kills a fool” Job 5:2

Reminds me of a story I read about in Max Lucado’s book this week...

Amos asked Andy “what’s that little bottle you’re wearing around your neck?”

“Nitroglycerine.” Andy answers. Amos is stunned that Andy would be wearing a necklace of nitro, so he asks for an explanation. Andy tells Amos about this fellow who has a bad habit of poking people in the chest while he is speaking. “It drives me crazy,” Andy says. “I’m wearing this nitro so the next time he pokes me, I’ll blow his finger off.”

Andy is not the first person to forget that when you try to get even you get hurt.

Job was right when he said, “You tear yourself to pieces in your anger” Job 18:4

ILL: guard and prisoner - guard is more confined/restricted than prisoner.

Resentment has us constantly guarding a prison; even though the other person is not actually in there.

*This verse does not suggest we earn God’s grace by giving grace*

That would conflict with all scripture on God’s grace, and our salvation.


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