Towards the end of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus instructs us to pray this:
“Forgive us our sins…as we forgive… those that have sinned against us.”
As we forgive?
Wow! Did He really mean that!?
How do we react to such a prayer? Perhaps we’ve prayed through it quickly and haven’t paused to realize what we are saying. Or perhaps we’ve been mumbling this part, cause it’s something that is so radical, so costly, we aren’t sure if we can actually honestly pray it!
Either way, we have a window into God’s heart for forgiveness, which is both exhilarating with hope (we can be forgiven!!) and daunting as we come to grips with the standard Jesus has set (we must also forgive!)
Giving forgiveness to others, those that have hurt us, betrayed us, used us– is hard. Some of us have even given up and allowed unforgiveness a little room in our life’s attic because fully evicting it seems utterly beyond us. We just live in a way where we avoid opening that attic door. But Jesus is calling us to be disciples to look like Him, sound like Him, act like Him, and He is both quick and generous in His forgiveness.
In this Rooted Prayer episode, we are exploring how to pray this part of the prayer with victory. How to authenticly become a people of forgiveness!!