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Lesson # Matt. 6:12
Study Material - Matt. 6:12
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
12 'And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Unless our debts receive forgiveness, then we have none of the benefits that life has to offer. The daily provisions previously requested are for naught. Even the prayer being offered is for naught if we are in a status of unforgiveness.
So what is the difference between judgment and forgiveness? The Cross saw the payment made for all sins. They were judged and therefore are not an issue in life with respect to eternity. They are an issue with respect to faith in Christ, for we need to accept Gods work on the Cross, in order to receive eternal life with Him in heaven. If we reject Christ's work on the Cross then we are on our own, and in life we have great limitations that should be obvious. We cannot leave this planet without air to breath or food to eat. Once we die, then we lose our physical bodies and, in a manner, the same as being in weightlessness without arms, legs, etc., in order to function. In addition we are not in Gods sphere of protection so our destination is into Torments, where all unbelievers wait their resurrection and the second judgment of the Great White Throne.
Debts are all our sins. We owe God a great deal for He paid the price on the Cross to buy us out of the slave market of sin and death. Our sins were judged and that debt is now wiped out. But in our current life, we commit sins and they need to be acknowledged before God and thus forgiven by Him in order to keep us clean so to speak. This is the confession technique we have studied many times. 1 Jn. 1:9 is the mechanics of the confession prayer. If we confess, then He is faithful and will forgive, but more than that, He will restore us from all unrighteousness. This restoration is our fellowship status.
So, God will answer any and all prayer of confession - 'Father I did this and that (list of sins). Amen.' This is a very simple prayer, and should be a short prayer. It is of course a private prayer as is your spiritual life a private matter before God.
Confession comes once we receive spiritual information, once we learn what is expected of us and once we learn the mechanics of what we are supposed to do. All application of doctrine comes after we learn it. You cannot apply that which you don't know. We learn first, then we apply it to our life.
Forgiveness of our debts to God precedes forgiveness of the debts that others may owe us. And this applies to the wrongs people do to us, not to their financial obligations. This does not apply to your financial obligations to others either. If you borrow, then you pay it back of course, but there is one financial illustration that represents the forgiveness of our debt to God and that is bankruptcy. If you are forced into this situation then do not feel guilty. You do what you can, but when the jungle chokes you, then you need some relief from its strangle hold.
We need to treat other people with tolerance. God is tolerant with us and we should be no less tolerant with people. This is the principle of loving your neighbor - impersonal love - wherein you put up with all kinds of obnoxious people and their ideas, personalities, and so forth. This is one of the most difficult characteristics to apply to ones life. Especially with kids. They don't hear, they don't follow instructions. They can drive you up the wall, but learning self control and learning better ways to deal with them will make your life less hectic. The same principle applies to people when we interact with them. In business vs. labor, in politics, in social groups, clubs, neighborhoods, and so forth. Learn tolerance and diplomacy. Self control will gain you fewer adversarial situations, and maybe fewer gray hairs.
To maintain sin in your heart, means that God will not forgive, therefore keeping you out of fellowship, therefore stunting your spiritual growth. So you are your own worst enemy when it comes to holding you back from advancing in your spiritual life.
God is faithful, but you need to be more relaxed and less judgmental and opinionated with others. Sure you might be right in your opinion, but by being right you can be wrong, when you are constantly competitive or antagonistic with others.
Fellowship means a purity of heart, but more than that it is a relaxed state of soul, poise, self control, clarity of thought as well. No crusades, no axes to grind, no hidden agendas. So evaluate all your thoughts especially when it comes to dealing with other people. You stand to lose everything when you slip into your rage and revenge attitudes, or just refuse to let go of those angry thoughts. So you hurt yourself more than you could possibly hurt anyone else.
If you automatically set fire to a months pay every time you got upset in life, then wouldn't you tend to watch yourself a little more? Too much of that and your costs go up fast, you'd be broke in no time. So think of your pocketbook each time you get upset, and begin to save your spiritual life because it is far more important than anyone or anything else in life. There is no problem in life worth burning yourself for.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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