“Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.”
Besides daily needs we humans constantly need Gods forgiveness. No matter how hard we try, time and again we fail
again because our heart is sinful. We can’t solve that ourselves, we are not able to pay our debts ourselves.
God sent Jesus to pay the debt for us. By His sacrifice at the cross our sins can be canceled, erased. In this way it is possible that we are released and not eternally punished.
If we live by God’s forgiveness, this includes being willing to offer forgiveness to people who owe us something. That is not easy, but it is necessary. Jesus even states this as a prerequisite for being forgiven ourselves.
This prayer reminds us repeatedly of our sin, but also of God’s grace that is new every morning.
Is there someone you need to forgive? What is keeping you from doing so?