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"Forgive Us Our Sins As We Forgive"

Once my pastor was preaching a series on the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) and he came to verse 12: "And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors." In choosing music, I stumbled upon lyrics to the tune of "Amazing Grace" (written by Rosamund Herklots).

'Forgive our sins as we forgive,'

you taught us, Lord, to pray,

but you alone can grant us grace

to live the words we say.

How can your pardon reach and bless

the unforgiving heart, that broods on wrongs and will not let

old bitterness depart?

In blazing light your cross reveals

the truth we dimly knew: what trivial debts are owed to us,

how great our debt to you!

Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls,

and bid resentment cease; then, bound to all in bonds of love, our lives will spread your peace.

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