By James Mackenzie
“ . . . and forgive us . . . as we for
give” (Matthew 6:12).
Have you ever stopped to consider
just What these words mean ? Here
in the “Lord’s Prayer” wo are ask
ing God to forgive our sins in the
evict same measure that we have for
given those who have wronged us.
Dare we make that prayer?
For 'example, at one time or another
in your life, no doubt, someone has
cheated you out of some money. L)o
v i". hoM a grudge against that per
s-n ? ha ve you tried to understand
and forgive him. Would vou he will
ing for God to forgive you for cheat
ing Him exactly as you have forgiv
en those who have cheated you?
0 ■ oi'Hrios. someone has nrculat
•••1 a vicious, cowardly and untrue, tale
about y.oli behind yhiir back (and,how
much of that we have, right here in
Kd - .'"ton). Have you forgiven that
person? Or have you retaliated in
one way or another, perhaps by cir
culating a. tale about him twice, as
slanderous (and twice as untrue) as
the one he started about you. How
dare a man presume to ask forgives,
ness for taking the precious name of
God in vain when that man is. nursing
a grudge aga inst, some person who has j
taken his own name in vain.
Jesus told of a servant who owed |
his master ten-thousand talents (about j
ten-million dollars), which he was tin-j
"Me *o nay. The master was about I
to sell the servant., the •• rvCre's wife,
and children, and all their possessions,
its was then the custom, to meet the |
debt. But the servant hegajod fori
mercy", and the master, moved by the
"'“a graciously canceled the debt, j
Now, this servant had a fellow-servant, j
Who owed him one-hundred pence'
(about twenty dollars) and he de-j
m a tided payment of him. The fellow'
servant.-begged' for time, hut he was
thrown into a debtor's prison, by the [
rv.n* who had been forgiven so
much by their master. The master,
hearing of this, canceled his original l
forgiveness and delivered the wicked
servant “to the tormentors, till he'
should nav all th.at was due unto him."
Then Jesus added. “So likewise shall
my heavenly. Father do also unto you.
if v from your ■hearts forgive not
everv one,his brother their-trespasses”
(see Matthew 18:21-35).
C rtaiplv we are all debtors to God.
-'(•• li-ypnl ability to pay. By
His mercy and . grace. He ■saved;
us. He paidv'-.the debt Him.-clf by 1
Offering up'His rinlv 8." a* Calvary;
and He t> mark,, d
a' iv- „ the a ■ amts' till" those .who
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' TEXT: “The . wise nit:a has two
' powers bearing and forbearing.”
An American tourist visited Ken
! singt.m Gardens in England. She was
> very '.Much' impressed with the vast
stretches of perfect lawns. Hoping
I she could obtain a magic method to
take hack to her Garden Club in
Ann riea she asked.
“Please tell me,, how did you ever
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spirit toward his fellow men—-a hat'd
teaching it is true, which is probably
why 1 have never heard a sermon on
it. hut it is a true teaching neverthe
It is so easy- so easy 1 --to hold a
grudge. Thinking ill of . someone elsej
is ever a sop to sinful pride: It is
■'so easy—but it is not Christian. “To
err is human, to forgive is divine.” j
For we are all weak “frail children of
| dust, and feeble as frail,” and but for
the wonderful free grace of God, and
the providence of heredity, environ
ment. and “circumstance”-you are the
| vilest sinner, and the vilest sinner is
Forgive us. Father, now we pray.
IThe unkind words we often say,
| The words that bring to others harm, |
jOr cause our friends to feel alarm.
Forgive us, Father, we pray too,
IThe thoughtless things we often do, -
And. Father, may we always live j
!So we Can say, “As we forgive.”
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America by 1975 will have 850,000
more business firms than it had in
1954, according to estimates made by
j the Research Department of the Nat
ional Association of Manufacturers.
The NAM points out that in 1929
there were 3,097,100 business firms,
and that by 1952 this total had climb
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