August 8, 2010

Lord's Day Prayer, #6...

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors...

But blessed be God, there is a way found out of agreeing with our accuser; for if anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 2:1-2 For his sake, we entreat you, blot out all our transgressions, Psalm 51:1 and enter not into judgment with us. Psalm 143:2 He is our Guarantor, Hebrews 7:22 who restored what he did not steal, Psalm 69:4 that blessed Arbiter, who has laid his hand on us both. Job 9:33 Through him let us be reconciled to God, 2 Corinthians 5:20 and let the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands be cancelled and set aside, being nailed to the cross of Christ, that we may be made alive together with Christ, having all our trespasses forgiven us. Colossians 2:13-14 Be merciful toward our iniquities, and remember our sins no more. Hebrews 8:12

And as an evidence that you have forgiven our sins, we plead with you, give us grace to forgive our enemies, to love those who hate us and bless those who curse us; Matthew 5:44 for we acknowledge that if we do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will our Father forgive our trespasses. Matthew 6:15 And therefore we forgive, Lord; we desire heartily to forgive, if we have a complaint against another, as the Lord has forgiven us. Colossians 3:13 Far be it from us to say that we will repay evil, Proverbs 20:22 or that we should avenge ourselves; Romans 12:19 but we pray that all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander may be put away from us, along with all malice; and that we may be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave us. Ephesians 4:31-32 O make us merciful, even as our Father who is in heaven is merciful, Luke 6:36 who has promised that with the merciful he shows himself merciful. Psalm 18:25

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