We’ve reached the 5th request in our series on the Lord’s Prayer. In our sermon (see sermon tab) on Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us we focused on the first part of the request. Forgive us our sins. The second half automatically flows out from us when we understand the first half. Recognising the depth and depravity of our sinful hearts leads us to delight and depend on the magnitude of God’s amazing grace and forgiveness. When our thinking about sin and forgiveness is orientated correctly we automatically become forgiving people. The oft repeated cliche is helpful, “The unforgiving heart is the unforgiven heart” (see Matthew 6:14-15).
As we focused our attention on the our sin and the magnitude of Christ’s forgiveness we didn’t have time to ponder what it looks like for us to forgive those who sin against us. As promised here is the link to the very helpful article I read this week which answers a number of our questions about this – https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/erik-raymond/common-questions-christians-ask-forgiveness/