Luther: The Fifth Petition

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who tres­pass against us.

martinluthersidesmallWhat does this mean?

We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look upon our sins, nor on their account deny our prayer; for we are not worthy of anything we ask, neither have we de­served it. But we pray that He would give us everything by grace, for we daily sin much and deserve nothing but punish­ment; and we on our part will heartily forgive and readily do good to those who sin against us.

 

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