and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
context and usage determine meaning.
for the textual context of where this phrase falls in christ’s exemplary prayer, click here, here, here and here.
because context matters.
on the heels of highlighting the communal responsibilities we each have in our mission of reconciliation, jesus suggests to his followers that we seek forgiveness for our shortcomings – areas where we’ve wandered and become WayWard as we follow him.
forgive us our trespasses.
but we ask that this happens as we simultaneously forgive those who have trespassed against us. unsurprisingly, directly tied to the request for our own forgiveness is the simultaneous grace and forgiveness that we offer to those who have transgressed.
there can’t be one without the other.