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Matthew 6:9-13 NKJ
In this manner, therefore, pray: 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. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver
us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the
glory forever. Amen.
Matthew 6:12 NKJ
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
SKANDALON: the trigger of a TRAP
“Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have
something to forgive.” – C.S. Lewis
The Way the World Deals with Offense:
• I curse it.
• I nurse it.
• I rehearse it.
• I verse it.
Proverbs 16:28 NKJ
A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of
friends.
• I burst it.
Proverbs 17:9 MSG
Overlook an offense and bond a friendship; fasten on to a slight
and—good-bye, friend!
A Lifesaving Prayer:

  1. Confess my debts.
    1 John 1:9 NIV
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our
    sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
    Hebrews 10:22 NIV
    …let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full
    assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us
    from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure
    water.
  2. Release their debts.
    Matthew 6:14-15 NIV
    For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your
    heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others
    their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
    2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV
    All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and
    gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the
    world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.
    And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
    “Once our eyes have been opened to see the enormity of our offence
    against God, the injuries which others have done to us appear by
    comparison extremely trifling. If, on the other hand, we have an
    exaggerated view of the offences of others, it proves that we have
    minimized our own.” – John R. W. Stott
    Genesis 4:23-24 NIV
    Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of
    Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a
    young man for injuring me. If Cain is avenged seven times, then
    Lamech seventy-seven times.”
  3. Prepare for the debts that are coming.
    1 John 4:19-20 NIV
    We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet
    hates a brother or sister is a liar…
    “At last I understood: in the final analysis, forgiveness is an act of
    faith. By forgiving another, I am trusting that God is a better justicemaker than I am. By forgiving, I release my own right to get even and
    leave all issues of fairness for God to work out. I leave in God’s
    hands the scales that must balance justice and mercy.” – Phillip
    Yancey