Mark 11:25-26 Prayer And Forgiveness.

Mark 11:25-26 Prayer And Forgiveness.

Forgiveness for others is an essential element of prayer, even as the Lord’s prayer states, “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Mt. 6:12; Lk. 11:4). This shows how prayer always goes beyond a simple expression to God. How we thus relate to others affects how God relates to us (Mt. 6:14-15). The parable of the unforgiving servant illustrates this important point. Sometimes it is actual debts, but always it involves forgiveness for some fault (Mt. 18:21-35). However, it is also true that we are only able to truly forgive others because the Lord has forgiven us. Paul made the point that those in the church must “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:32 Cf. Col. 3:13). Although verse 26 is lacking in certain ancient manuscripts, it does echo what we find at Matthew 6:14-15. The latter refers to those who already know God as their Father, so rather than referring to conversion, or that initial forgiveness, these verses likely refer to a backslidden condition of a believer who refuses to forgive another.

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