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Summary: No grudges! Only grace!

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Matthew 6:9-15

9 "This, then, is how you should pray:

"’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 Forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.’

14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you,

your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15 But if you do not forgive men their sins,

your Father will not forgive your sins.

(NIV)

Everyone needs FORGIVENESS

and everyone needs to BE FORGIVING!

Does someone REMEMBER

something about you that you wish

WOULD BE FORGOTTEN?

Doesn’t someone OWE you something?

An apology?

An explanation?

A thank you?

Matthew 6:12

12 Forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

When we don’t forgive, those people who are indebted to us have dipped their hands into our pocket and robbed us of more than they owe!

Jesus does not question the reality of your wounds. He does not doubt that you’ve been hurt…even sinned against. The issue is the existence of pain; the issue is the treatment of pain. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT YOUR DEBTS?

How to Really Forgive and Really Be Forgiven:

Here are some choices we must make…

1) REVENGE or RELEASE

If you are out to settle the score, you’ll never rest.

Matthew 6:14-15

14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

(NIV)

To forgive means to RELEASE without PAY.

2) RETALIATE or RELINQUISH

Forgiveness is costly, but so is GETTING EVEN.

Who is more the prisoner – the guard or the convict?

The convict is housed in a 10 X 12 cell which includes a toilet, a bed, and sometimes a table and chair. The convict get exercise time on a regular basis, three meals a day, opportunities to study, read, watch TV, etc.

The guard on the other hand sits in a 4 X 5 guard house overlooking the prison yard and must constantly watch, no time for rest or relaxation.

The same holds true of those who refuse to relinquish the debt.

Matthew 18:21-35

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"

22 Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23 "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.

24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.

25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 "The servant fell on his knees before him. ’Be patient with me,’ he begged, ’and I will pay back everything.’

27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 "But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ’Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.


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