Daily Lectionary: 2 Samuel 1:1-27; 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. What does this mean? We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look at our sins, or deny our prayer because of them. We are neither worthy of the things for which we pray, nor have we deserved them, but we ask that He would give them all to us by grace, for we daily sin much and indeed deserve nothing but punishment. So we too will sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us. (Small Catechism: The Lord’s Prayer, Fifth Petition)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We pray this petition of the Lord’s Prayer to learn and believe that we actually don’t DESERVE a single thing from God but rather that He gives them all to us by grace. And when we see that word “grace” we should read, “because of Jesus’ living, dying, and rising for us.” That’s why our heavenly Father does what He does for us: for Jesus’ sake.
This includes the Fifth Petition! Forgive us our sins! Trespasses. Debts. Slip-ups. Mistakes. Deliberate actions that contradict God’s Word even when we know better. Forgive them! Overlook them! Forget them! And He does because Jesus died for us. Paid for our sins. Took them away. Baptized. Ears filled with the Gospel. Mouths filled with the Body and Blood of Jesus. These are the answers to this petition: Forgive us our trespasses. He has!
And He has forgiven all trespasses, even the sins of those who sin against us. So it would be silly for us to say that God forgives all our sins for Jesus’ sake but then stand in judgment and withhold forgiveness from those who sin against us! And sure, it’s hard to forgive others. So we need forgiveness from Christ and then that forgiveness goes from us to them. This isn’t a prayer with a condition. It’s a prayer in which we learn that because God forgives us, we forgive others. That’s how the love of God in us works in us and through us.
So that’s life as a child of God: He forgives us and we forgive others. That’s the Spirit at work in those who have been born from above in the mercy and grace of Jesus. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Forgive our sins, Lord, we implore, That they may trouble us no more; We, too, will gladly those forgive Who hurt us by the way they live. Help us in our community To serve each other willingly. (Our Father, Who from Heaven Above, LSB 766:6)