“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” (Matt 6:12,14-15 NASB)
I find it interesting that verse 12 uses the word debt, and verses 14 & 15 uses trespass or transgression.
Debt in verse 12 is literally anything owed -
Thayer's lexicon says this debt is an obligation imposed by
- The times
- The nature of the matter under consideration
So then this is a very broad word. The request made to Our Father is to forgive all obligations, as we have forgiven all that by obligation is owed to us.
This would include money, honor, obedience, advancement, and friendship. This would apply to all our relationships including, friends, spouses, parents, children, acquaintances, and business associates. The Lord never bisects our lives between personal, business, spiritual, or social, the way we tend to. [Tweet This]
We are asking the Lord to forgive all our debts - everything we owe anyone, in the same way we forgive anything owed us.
In 14 and 15 Jesus brings it back more specifically to our sin debt. Our debt of sin is forgiven in the same way we treat everything we owe.
How are you at paying your debts? How are you at forgiving your debts?