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Biblical Business Principle
Last time we focused on the Lord’s Prayer – Give us this day our daily bread. Has God been responding to your prayer for daily bread? Do you pray for daily bread for your business?
This week we will focus on the Lord’s Prayer – And forgive us our trespasses. Since we’re forgiven for our past, present and future sins, why do we need to pray forgive us our trespasses?
Some versions of the Lord’s Prayer use trespasses and some debts. The 1549 edition of the Book of Common Prayer used the Tyndale Bible of 1526 which used trespasses. From the KJV onward the translation of Matthew 6:12 has been debts. Trespasses, debt, or sin – we are all in debt to our Holy Creator God. For no one can ever be made right in God’s sight by doing what his law commands. For the more we know God’s law, the clearer it becomes that we aren’t obeying it. But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight — not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago. We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. Romans 3:20-24 NLT
The previous passage in the Lord’s Prayer asking for daily bread is followed by AND forgive us our trespasses. Does this mean we need to ask for forgiveness daily? If so, why do we need to ask daily?
But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin. If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. 1 John 1:7-10 NLT Most experts believe 1 John was written around 90 AD, well after Romans which clearly states we are forgiven. So why do we need to confess our trespasses?
Since the Bible teaches in multiple places that we do need to confess, ask for forgiveness, it must be for our good! Do you take the time to consider how you have trespassed God’s ways? Daily?
How does forgive us our trespasses apply to business? Does business provide opportunity to trespass? At what point in the day should you consider and identify your trespasses?
We’ve cover from the traditional Lord’s Prayer (from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, 1662) –
Our Father, which art in heaven.
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom Come
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
Next week we’ll cover –
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
In the future we’ll cover –
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Bit of Wisdom
Because of this, I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and everyone else. Acts 24:16 NLT
Forums Ministry Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Have you hosted a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.
Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.
Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.
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