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Water FallThis past week I saw the Lord’s prayer in a whole new light. I memorized this prayer as a child but my Pastor taught it to me in context:

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 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.

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
– Jesus

Forgiveness. How many times has somebody done something to you and you did not forgive them but held onto the anger? If you’re like me, that anger eats away at you and causes more internal turmoil than the original harm somebody did to you. That is why Jesus taught us to forgive as the Father forgives. As a Christian our sins are forgiven through the death of Jesus upon the cross. God holds no anger against us when we sin. He waits patiently for the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sins and to seek His forgiveness.

We are to be like Jesus and not hold onto the sins of others against us. Otherwise the anger slowly eats away at our happiness and bitterness takes root in our lives. We are to allow the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of others and just work on being more like Jesus ourselves. Die to self. Love others as Jesus loves us.