Readings Matthew 7-18
Would you forgive the one that ate the last piece of pizza, when you hadn’t had any?
Seems like a “no brainer” doesn’t it?
Dear forgiven ones,
This passage in Matthew ties in with our recent discussion on “Go and learn what this means, I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” See what you think.
Matthew 18:21-35 (NIV)
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.
25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 “The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’
27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.
31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.
33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’
34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”
The older I get the more I realize the depravity of the flesh, the depth of my sin, and the beauty of God’s forgiveness. His grace is more marvelous every day. His love is everlasting and His mercies are new every day!
Shouldn’t our mercy be new every day if Christ is in us!?
Doesn’t it seem like a “no brainer”?
After Jesus was seen with some of His glory on the Mount of Transfiguration, the disciples fell down in fear. I love what Jesus does next.
Matthew 17:7-8 (NIV)
7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”
8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
In Revelation 1 we see Jesus touch John, and tell him not to fear. Aren’t you thankful that Jesus touches us as well, lives in us, and tells us not to be afraid. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. The Bible tells us that I no longer lives, but Christ lives in me. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” That includes showing mercy. What seems impossible to us, is possible with God.
Get up, don’t be afraid. Let God do what He desires through you.