The Lord’s Prayer contains a curious phrase that gives me pause. Frankly it makes me uncomfortable every time I say it.
The passage in question is “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” We mean the first part, but do we really mean the second part?
When we ask this of God, are we implicitly requesting him to forgive us only to the degree we forgive others?
If so, I want to make sure I’m not holding any grudges or have any unforgiveness in my heart towards others.
The consequences are too great for anything less.
A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 700-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.