Matthew 6:9-13 "'This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'"
One final word on forgiveness. . . . Forgiveness stems from love. God is love. Forgiveness does not just wipe away a debt without justice. The rest of the sentence in Romans 3:23, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, reads further in verse 24. . . and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. The claims of justice were satisfied fully in the cross of Christ. What seemed to be the most unjust action ever, the death of one who didn't deserve any of what He was going through, was God's highest act of justice in that He took our sin upon Himself and suffered its debt, its penalty for us. And then, as the sinless One Himself, after He had paid our debt, He rose victorious over it all. And in and through Him we receive forgiveness. We needed forgiveness; God sent a Savior. "Are you washed in the blood, in the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?" We receive of His forgiveness daily. We need this washing just as we need our daily shower.
On the night when the disciples were gathered together before Jesus' betrayal, He pulled out a bowl of water and a towel and began to wash His disciples' feet. When He got to the apostle Peter, Peter objected to Jesus washing his feet. Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me." And when He had finished washing their feet, He told them, "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet (John 13)." We're all walking dusty roads and we all need our feet washed.
"When General Oglethrope said to John Wesley, "I never forgive," Wesley properly answered, "Then I hope sir, you never sin."
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 1:5-2:2).