“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
This month we look at God’s delight in being “our Forgiver”.
The word “forgive” has some interesting alternative meanings in the Greek. It can also translate as, “cancel, remit, let go of, leave behind, and divorce.”
The last possible definition of “forgive”, that is “divorce”, can reveal an effect of sin we may not always realize. “Sin”, ours and that of those who have “sinned against us”, can “wed” or “marry” itself to us. That may be why we find certain “sins” or “sins against us” so difficult to forgive; so difficult to find “release” from our heart, mind, soul or strength.