If you forgive others their wrongs, your Father in Heaven will also forgive yours. Matthew 6:14

The Our Father speaks of debts that we must forgive. But in 6:14, we read wrongs. Jesus considers debts and wrongs as the same thing. When we forgive someone who asks for forgiveness, we are not doing that person a favor, nor do we deserve any merit for doing it; we actually free ourselves from some rancour or hatred that is poisoning us. Inasmuch as we stick to our rights, we hold fast to this world and remained anchored to the things of this world.

Jesus speaks to the poor who are accustomed to being burdened with debts who are obligated to live with neighbors they have not chosen. This increases the occasions for offending one another. We try to live very independent lives not to owe anything to anyone. This independence can make us harder to understand God’s mercy towards us, poor as we really are before God. We know that by ourselves we are nothing, we need his grace.

On calling upon the Father of Heaven, we only intend to raise our spirits to Him. Our words are not worthy, that our concerns are selfish and limited when compare them with the breath of God’s thoughts and the generosity of His love. To address God and call him Father is not something natural, but a very special privilege for he is the only one, and we are adopted children by the mercy of God. The Father only wants to pour out his holiness and happiness on his chosen and loved children day and night so as to seal them with his Name.

Being reconciled children of God, a leavening element in society moves towards a common goal : everything and everyone must return to the Father. Therefore love and forgive one another forgiving others wrongs into the heavenly home.

To err is human, to forgive is divine.