Friday, May 27, 2011

What is the fifth petition?

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 126.
What is the fifth petition?

Answer. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;” that is, be pleased, for the sake of Christ’s blood, not to impute to us miserable sinners our manifold transgressions, nor the evil which always cleaves to us;[1] as we also find this witness of Your
grace in us, that it is our full purpose heartily to forgive our neighbor.[2]

[1] Ps 51:1-7, 143:2; Rom 8:1; 1 Jn 2:1-2;
[2] Ps 51:5-7; Mt 6:14-15, 18:21-35; Eph 1:7

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