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The Lord’s Prayer

Post by Pastor Dave

The Fifth Petition  –  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

There may not be anything more important to building the kingdom of God than forgiveness.

There are 613 laws in the Old Testament and we have broken all of them.

Sin…destroys relationships

…ruins community

…puts a chasm between God and God’s creation that we cannot overcome

…is as harmful to the sinner as the person they sin against

…is the number 1 tool Satan uses to end our relationship with God and each other


All that is why forgiveness is so very important.  Without it, all of God’s good creation is destroyed.

Forgiveness brings us back into relationships with God and each other.

Forgiveness is a gift God offers us and invites us to offer others.

Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.


So then why is it so hard?  Why do we have such difficulty forgiving a little when it is God who has forgiven us a lot?