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Forgive Us Our Debts and As WE Also Have Forgiven our Debtors!!

Matthew 13:30 New International Version (NIV)

30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'" Thursday - July 2 - Read Matthew 13:30, 38-40 The New Testament was written in the Greek language. The Greek word that the farmer uses to say “let both grow together” is “aphete.” I know that might not mean much to you, but consider another important place that word was used. In Matthew 6 Jesus teaches what is called “The Lord’s Prayer.” In verse 12 he says, “and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Did you catch it? In the Lord’s prayer, the Greek word “aphete” is translated “forgive.” Another way to read the parable of the wheat and the weeds is to realize that God forgives the “weeds” of Sin in our lives. Through faith in the cross of Jesus God “lets” us live!

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