Forgive our sins as we forgive

‘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:
How trifling others’ debts  to us,
how great our debt to you!

Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls
And bid resentment cease
Then, by your mercy reconciled
Our lives will spread your peace