The 5th Petition: Forgive Us Our Trespasses

A Simple Way to Pray By Martin Luther

The fifth petition:

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Say:

O dear Lord, God and Father, enter not into judgment against us because no man living is justified before thee. Do not count it against us as a sin that we are so unthankful for thine ineffable goodness, spiritual and physical, or that we stray into sin many times every day, more often than we can know or recognize, Psalm 19 [:12]. Do not look upon how good or how wicked we have been but only upon the infinite compassion which thou hast bestowed upon us in Christ, thy dear Son.

Grant forgiveness also to those who have harmed or wronged us, as we forgive them from our hearts. They inflict the greatest injury upon themselves by arousing thy anger in their actions toward us. We are not helped by their ruin; we would much rather that they be saved with us. Amen.

(Anyone who feels unable to forgive, let him ask for grace so that he can forgive; but that belongs in a sermon.)

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