And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Matthew 6:12
In yet another reminder to aim for the Mark of perfection, a shiny gold coin is set before us. Heads we forgive, tails we are forgiven. There are two sides to every valuable coin. A one-sided coin is useless. A one-sided useless coin would want to be forgiven without forgiving others, or the other side: would forgive without asking God for forgiveness?
Forgive us our debts. To ask God for mercy and forgiveness should make us stop to think about what we did wrong, about how we missed the Mark. The hypothetical or general wrong may not be enough. This is why it is so important to study the Mark until it is part of daily consciousness (…and my words abide in you Jn 15:7), until we can spot immediately where every dart landed. We need to know exactly what we want to be forgiven for so we can evolve into an immortal child of God.
As we forgive our debtors. With the same metal, turn every dagger thrown at you into a chisel to help form you in Christ-likeness. Think about how or when Christ suffered similarly. Being the victim of harm carries power with it. Will you use that energy to build, or to destroy?
No wonder the Kingdom of God is such a peaceful place. No one holds a grudge here, and everyone knows the reasons why he or she was forgiven and is all the more grateful.