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Pardon

May 16/17, 2020

DEBT = “Dumb Explanation for Buying Things.”

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. (Matthew 6:12)

You owe, you pay.

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

“No word in English carries a greater responsibility than the little word ‘as’ in that clause.” —Charles Williams

The best way to interpret the Bible is by looking at the Bible.

“Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Seven times? (Matthew 18:21)

“I tell you not seven times, but seventy-seven times. (Matthew 18:22)

If you’re counting how many times you have forgiven someone, you haven’t forgiven them at all; you’re just postponing revenge.

Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven… (Matthew 18:23)

Your Kingdom come, your will be done… (Matthew 6:10)

You owe, I’ll pay.

He fell to his knees and begged him, “Be patient with me, and I will pay you what I owe.” (Matthew 18:29)

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. (Hebrews 12:15)

  • God is always the source of forgiveness.
  • The blood of Christ is always the ground of forgiveness.
  • A repentant heart is always the condition of forgiveness.
  • A forgiving spirit is always the evidence of forgiveness.“Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and waiting for the rat to die.” –Anne Lamott

    This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart. (Matthew 18:35)

  • The way of vengeance says You owe, you pay.
  • The way of grace says You owe, I pay.
  • The way of discipleship says He paid, I must forgive.Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ forgave you.

    Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. (Matthew 6:12)

    “You owe, I’ll pay.”

    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors… (Matthew 6:9-12)