Lesson Plan - Get It!
How would you feel if someone who ignores you or with whom you have an unfriendly relationship came to you all the time asking for favors, as if nothing were wrong? How would God feel?
I. Amnesty — "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors." Not only do we need daily bread, but we need daily cleansing!
"Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear" (Isaiah 59:1-2).
Sin in our heart is like wax in God's ear; He will not hear our prayers, as David discovered: "If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened" (Psalm 66:18). Sin interrupts our fellowship with God. We are still His children, but there is stress and offense in the relationship.
- Discharge — "Forgive" means "let go" or "hurl away." We have received judicial forgiveness, but still need parental forgiveness. There is no fear of double jeopardy. If we have repented and accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we accept his punishment in our place and there is no condemnation. However, we get our feet dirty, as it were, and need daily cleansing (John 13:1-11).
- Debt — There are five basic New Testament words for sin. This one refers to a moral or spiritual debt. We owe God obedience, and when we sin, He owes us chastisement (which is not the same as punishment; see "Discharge" above).