Sermon on the Mount: Day 5

Forgive Us As We Have Forgiven

Read Matthew 6:5–15 
 
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
 
“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.
And 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 other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
 
Reflect
 
Forgiveness stands at the center of Christianity—both in the receiving and the giving. Through Christ, God has forgiven us our sins and given us new life in Him. What a glorious truth this is! God extends His love and grace to us freely and lavishly and we need only say, “Yes!” to receive the gift of forgiveness. God also calls us, as restored, forgiven people, to forgive those who sin against us. And there is nothing easy about this. We tend to fight it at every turn, especially for big hurts we have suffered at the hands of others. But as God works in us, we practice forgiveness in the little things, and we embrace our identity as beloved children of God, we become increasingly able to forgive. Indeed, forgiveness becomes a character trait—we become willing and able and even honored to offer forgiveness.

  • What comes to mind for you when you hear the word “forgiveness”? What about when you hear the word “forgiven”? 
     
  • Reflect on an experience in which someone forgave you for something you did to them. How did it feel to be forgiven? 
     
  • As you consider forgiving others, who comes to mind? What invitation do you sense God extending to you about forgiving that person?

Respond
 
“ ‘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.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
 
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’ ”
 
-New International Version-

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