The Lord's Prayer-6 “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
We find it very difficult to forgive other people when they did wrong to us...when they trespass
against us... trespass here means sins.
Many years ago I met a woman having this issue. She said to me, “I never forgive that person
because she did such and such to me.” When she mentioned that, her face turned to be like a
demon. I told her, “I understand your anger and sorrow, but only way to be free of your trouble
is.... to forgive her. You are the one suffers if you don't forgive. That person might have forgotten
what she did to you many years ago. But every time you think about it your anger boils up and
you'd suffer in agony.”
We then prayed together and asked God so that we could forgive other people
Lord Jesus knows that we have hard time forgiving others. He told us in several different ways to
1. Jesus told Peter to forgive 70 x 7 times. See Matthew 18:21-22
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister
who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but
seventy times seven.
Jewish laws said to forgive 3 times. Peter tried to be more generous, saying 7 times. But Jesus said
70 x 7 = 490 ? ... this means unlimited. 7 in Israel is a complete number, 70 is infinite number. So
70 x 7 is infinite, unlimited. Jesus said to forgive infinitely. Is it possible?
2. Jesus told us a parable to show about forgiveness. Matthew 18:23-26
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his
servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents (10,000 bags of
gold) was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife
and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
How much are 10,000 talents?
1 talent = 6,000 denaris
1 denari = 1 day's wage
So, you multiply them together:
10,000 x 6,000 = 60,000,000 days of wages … about 200,000 years of wages.
See it in other way; let's say our daily wage is $100.
$100 x 60,000,000 days = $ 6,000,000,000 Wow! 6 billion dollars.
This man borrowed $6 billion dollars from his master. No wonder he could not repay.
How can a man borrow that much money? Do you see what these money represents?
They are our sins. Money represents our sins we commit in our earthly life.
Man can not repay that huge amount – a great number of sins committed.
But see verse 26 & 27.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will
pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
Look at his master. He canceled all his debt and let him go free. How can it be? These things do
not happen in this world. You now know this master is our Lord Jesus Christ. He forgives all our
sins and let us go free.
I say sometimes about our daily sins we commit. Also last week I said at Rochester Bible study.
How many sins do you commit each day? Have you ever counted them? We commit just too
many sins everyday.
If you got angry – sin, if you argue with your spouse – sin, if you scold at your kids – sin, if you
are late for anything – sin, if you have a bad thought in your head – sin, if you don't do things you
supposed to do – sin. If you go on a freeway 2 miles faster – sin.
Our life is filled with sins sins sins and sins. If you commit only 10 sins a day (you may be a
walking angel), then in your 80 years life, how many times do you sins? 10 x 365 days x 80 years
If you get a ticket for each sin, like traffic violation. How may tickets do you see... piled up in
heaven. At the heaven's gate God is to ask you, “How many sins did you commit during your life
time?” What would you answer to Him? This is a crucial question and answer. You may enter
into heaven or not depending on your answer.
I may say, “Sorry, Sir... I mean God. I got way too many sins to count.”
God might say, “Do you have any excuse?” “Well, nothing I did can be excused, but my Lord
Jesus took all my sins and died on a cross for me. So all my sins are forgiven by Him.. I am free of
any sins.” God will say, “Well done, you may enter into heaven.”
Remember the phrase I used. It could be very useful for you, too. Yes, we commit too many sins
in our daily life...way too many to count. But our Lord Jesus took all our sins and died on a cross
in place of me. Instead of us getting punishment, Jesus was punished for our sake. He received a
death penalty for my many violations.
Listen to Jesus' cry on a cross, “Father forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing.”
Jesus is forgiving God. He begged His Father in heaven to forgive us, not to condemn us.
So we now know we are completely forgiven by our Lord.
3. To forgive others
If we are forgiven so much, we also need to forgive others. I mentioned at first, a woman never
forgive other woman. This is also a typical human behavior. Shown in the Matthew 18:28 on.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred
silver coins.[c] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the
This guy is terrible... he was completely forgiven...all his debts were canceled by his master... he
became free... but he did not forgive other man who borrowed some money from him. He is a
mean, cheap, stingy, merciless, narrow minded man.
Before criticizing him, be careful... we tend to be like this man, too. Do you forgive other people
who did bad things to you? Do you forgive a person cheated you, slandered you, gave bad time to
you, made fun of you, laughed at you. Jesus forgave everyone.
Jesus was mocked by Roman soldiers, insulted by them, spit on, flogged (whipped) and killed on a
cross. But Jesus has forgiven all. “Father forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing.”
Jesus is a super forgiving man and God. He came to this world to give you forgiveness. Trust in
Him. Believe in His cross. “Your sins are forgiven.” said the Lord.
At the end of my message, let us read together 1 Peter 2:22-24
24 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23 When they hurled their insults at
him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to
him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die
to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
You are forgiven completely, now let us forgive others fully.