4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
Accompanying Matt Chandler sermon: Ask
Accompanying Mark Driscoll sermon: The Lord's Prayer
Accompanying John MacArthur sermons: Forgive Us Our Sins Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Lead Us Not Into Temptation
I find it so interesting how there can be so many different takes on the same verses. So many different viewpoints or ways of looking at things, with different people emphasizing different aspects of what it means.
Definitely none more so than these four verses!
I love Chandler's emphasis that Jesus shows in this prayer that even our prayer life is all about Him. We are to magnify His name in everything. We are to desire our needs to be met just enough so that we can glorify Him today. And we are to recognize our consistently continual need to be reconciled to our holy God. Progressive sanctification is slow indeed. We will continue to sin, and continue to need God's forgiveness in order for our relationship with Him to be restored. And then....
He’s acknowledging that when grace has taken root in the person’s heart, they become able to extend grace.
And that we still need His help in order to overcome temptation. His protection, His covering, His guidance. It's all about Him
MacArthur continues this focus on God as well.....
When we say "Father," we acknowledge Him as source. When we say "Hallowed be Thy name," we acknowledge Him as sacred. When we say, "Thy Kingdom come," we acknowledge Him as sovereign. When we say, "Thy will be done," we acknowledge Him as superior. When we say, "Give us this day our daily bread," we acknowledge Him as supplier. When we say, "Forgive us our sins," we acknowledge Him as Savior. And finally we come to the last petition, and when we say, "Lead us not into temptation," we acknowledge Him as shelter.....
There is so much more that could be said about forgiveness itself.
Driscoll describes forgiveness but also goes over what forgiveness is NOT.
Forgiveness is NOT.....
1) approving or diminishing sin
2) enabling sin
3) denying a wrongdoing
4) waiting for an apology
6) ceasing to feel pain
7) a one-time event
8) neglecting justice
Repentance takes one, forgiveness takes one, reconciliation takes two.
I've heard a lot of talk recently about whether or not we can truly forgive someone if they are unrepentant. I'm not sure if it's semantics or whether we need some extra terms or what, but there is some truth to that. God's love is unconditional. His offer of forgiveness is unconditional. But His granting of forgiveness is conditional upon our confession, remorse and repentance. We are to forgive as He forgives. I can see that true forgiveness and the fullest embodiment of what that means can only happen when there is repentance. But we have to have the attitude of forgiveness and be willing to extend the offer of forgiveness, anyway. Maybe it's all semantics on that one.
I found a couple of articles that explore those thoughts.....
Forgiving Without Repentance
The Mystery of Forgiveness
Monday's scripture focus: Luke 11:5-10
Sunday's passage: Job 17-18
Monday's passage: Job 19-20, Psalm 144, Galatians 3