Outward Thoughts From An Introverted Mind

LPrayer.jpgAn Exploration of The Lord’s Prayer – Blog Series – Part Eight

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt 6:14-15 NRSV).

Matthew returns to Jesus’ topic addressed in verse twelve but expands upon his explanation of forgiveness. As before, the Heavenly Father’s forgiveness of trespasses and sins is directly corelated with the forgiveness of another’s trespasses and sins. France adds, “The point is not so much that forgiving is a prior condition of being forgiven, but that forgiveness cannot be a one-way process” (France 1985, 141). To ask for and receive forgiveness from God, yet to withhold it from another would be hypocrisy; an attribute itself that Jesus rebukes in the beginning of the instruction on prayer. Blomberg says, “Without this interpersonal reconciliation on the human level, neither…

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