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A Daily Devotion for Friday, July 2


Matthew 6:9-15


”This, then, is how you should pray:


‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdoms come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.‘


For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”


If I am false, and pretend to be kind and forgiving, but in my heart hold on to bitterness and anger, what can I expect from God? I know I have been forgiven all of my past sins, and so I know I must do likewise. I believe when I accept God’s forgiveness I am at the same time promising to forgive others. Maybe this is a better way for me to understand these words. Forgiveness involves God, always. It is tied to God. I love that these words were first spoken by Jesus, and now we can speak them ourselves. I would love to hear/learn them in the language Jesus spoke.


Lord Jesus, you are here for us still, teaching and leading us to you. Thank-you. You are mighty and powerful, yet able to speak to us today in our own simple language. Help me to be forgiving, to let go of each resentment before giving them a second thought. Amen


Becky, transforming

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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
Jul 02, 2021

Matthew 6:9-15 9–15 THE LORD’S PRAYER Like I do somedays, I was curious to read the lords prayer in “The Message.” I realize that “The Message” was written in an attempt to write the story in common every day English. This does help, in some instances, people to understand the often difficult language of the Bible. I am old enough, however, to have fallen in love with the poetry and classical nature of so many passages. For example: Give us this day our daily bread Or Keep us alive with three square meals My hope is that after reading and beginning to understand God’s message, folks would read other versions with a new sense of understanding. One reading is never enough. Pr…

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Matthew 6:9-15 Verses. 14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. These two verses are clear about forgiveness. If we don’t forgive others, God will not forgive us. My biggest challenge was learning to forgive. I know that God forgives me. I would say I was sorry when I truly hurt somebody with words, or other actions and be absolutely sincere about that sorrow but than I would retaliate and fall into this same pattern over and over again. God wants me to forgive so I can stay closer to him. I am getting better at …

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David
David
Jul 02, 2021

Matthew 6:9-15


14-15. In these verses Matthew is explaining the part of the Lord’s prayer regarding forgiving debts. I can’t recall ever holding a grudge against anyone. I don’t feel like I deliberately took a moral high ground. Maybe I’ve been lucky or maybe it’s one of those subtle examples that my parents set. I can imagine though, that forgiving a wrong that was long in the past is like getting a breath of fresh air. A person must have to relive that incident over and over, and forgiving it would be a great relief.


Dear Lord, thank you for teaching us that forgiveness is as good for us as for those that we forgive. Amen.

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Barbara
Barbara
Jul 02, 2021

Matthew 6: 9-15


14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.


God’s promise to us is sometimes difficult to follow. We humans are hurt easily by others, what they say and what they may think about us. I pray that I will always show mercy to anyone who wrongs me. Sometimes it is not easy to forgive. Jesus, the example for us to follow, came into the world as a peace-maker. I pray that by following Jesus’ example, I am always able to forgive those who hurt me.


Dearest Lord, you gave…


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