Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

You Are Forgiven – The Call to Forgiveness

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Week Five – Day 5 – Friday, September 30, 2016

Read MATTHEW 6:9-13 (ESV) SOAP v. 12,13wk5d5

9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done,    on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts,    as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation,    but deliver us from evil.

O – The Lord’s Prayer.  Known by so many as a pattern for prayer.  In the midst of this prayer, Jesus reminds us to ask for forgiveness “as we also have forgiven” others.   Hmmmm.    This seems to put the responsibility on us to forgive – as a condition of our own continued forgiveness.  We owe a “debt” to cover our many sins, and we also need to forgive.  It is interesting to note that this prayer is included in a passage that talks about prayer, hypocrisy, and our posture in prayer (humility).

A – Do I also think of those I need to forgive (debts) AS WELL AS ask for my own forgiveness, or am I so consumed with my own needs that  I don’t think of others?  “As we also have”  maybe is not a CONDITION or REQUIREMENT, but it is a mindset!  Do I think of others’ needs?  And with my unconditional forgiveness, I help “bring the kingdom come” to others in my life.

P – Father God, help me to be the carrier of Your message, of Your forgiveness, of Your love to others in my life.  May Your Kingdom come – in my own life.  May You be the ruler of today, and tomorrow, and the tomorrows to come.  Thank You for this reminder!  Amen.

“With Every Act Of Love” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4bB7BUxBbY

Sitting at the stoplight
He can’t be bothered by the heart cry
Written on the cardboard in her hands
Oh, but when she looks him in the eye
His heart is broken, open wide
And he feels the hand of God reach out through him
As heaven touches earth

Oh, we bring the kingdom come
Oh, with every act of love
Jesus, help us carry You
Alive in us, Your light shines through
With every act of love
We bring the kingdom come

There’s silence at the table
He wants to talk but he’s not able
For all the shame that’s locked him deep inside
Oh, but her words are the medicine
When she says they can begin again
And forgiveness will set him free tonight
As heaven touches earth

Oh, we bring the kingdom come
Oh, with every act of love
Jesus, help us carry You
Alive in us, Your light shines through
With every act of love
We bring the kingdom come

God put a million, million doors in the world
For His love to walk through
One of those doors is you
I said, God put a million, million doors in the world
For His love to walk through
One of those doors is you

Oh, we bring the kingdom come
Oh, with every act of love
Jesus, help us carry You
Alive in us, Your light shines through
With every act of love
We bring the kingdom

Oh, we bring the kingdom come
Oh, with every act of love
Jesus, help us carry You
Alive in us, Your light shines through
With every act of love
We bring the kingdom come

With every act of love
We bring the kingdom come
With every act of love
We bring the kingdom come

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