And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

– Matthew 6:12 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

Notice this order: God models forgiveness to us so that we can forgive those around us. The Lord’s Prayer reminds us that we owe God a debt that we can’t repay. Our sin is so great that only forgiveness will meet the need. If we forget our debt, we lose sight that we are in as much need as those who have sinned against us. Our need for grace is the pathway to forgiving others around us, and the Lord’s Prayer reminds us of this.

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