I know, my title is hideous grammar. To some extent, that is my point.
Those of you who have been following my blog might have seen a pattern. Early this year, I went through Jesus’ Example Prayer by writing about each phrase one time. Then I started going through Jesus’ Example Prayer again, but writing two weeks in a row about each phrase. Now I am breaking that pattern. I want to spend more time on the phrase, “Forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors.”
I think we get mixed up about forgiveness. We change the definition of forgiveness to suit ourselves. I call it the “more wronger” idea. I have heard it called the 60/40 rule. As long as the other person is at least 60% wrong, and I am only 40% wrong (or 70/30, etc.) then I am not really wrong. The other person has to ask for forgiveness, but I am off the hook. I don’t think God would agree with that. To be human and breathing is to have the sin nature. Read the book of Romans in the Bible. When we sin, we need to be forgiven. I think that is why Jesus started this phrase with, “Forgive us our debts”. Then He reminds us to forgive others. The two concepts should go together.
I pray this helps you see better who God truly is. Not a made up human view (which is inherently flawed). If we continue to pray as Jesus taught us, we will gain greater insight into God’s character. I can assure you, this is a worthwhile pursuit.
God is so good.