Friday, June 24, 2011

Matthew 18
22Jesus answered him, I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven!(C)
23Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a human king who wished to settle accounts with his attendants.
24When he began the accounting, one was brought to him who owed him 10,000 talents [probably about $10,000,000],
25And because he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and his children and everything that he possessed, and payment to be made.
26So the attendant fell on his knees, begging him, Have patience with me and I will pay you everything.
27And his master's heart was moved with compassion, and he released him and forgave him [cancelling] the debt.
28But that same attendant, as he went out, found one of his fellow attendants who owed him a hundred denarii [about twenty dollars]; and he caught him by the throat and said, Pay what you owe!
29So his fellow attendant fell down and begged him earnestly, Give me time, and I will pay you all !
30But he was unwilling, and he went out and had him put in prison till he should pay the debt.
31When his fellow attendants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and told everything that had taken place to their master.
32Then his master called him and said to him, You contemptible and wicked attendant! I forgave and cancelled all that [great] debt of yours because you begged me to.
33And should you not have had pity and mercy on your fellow attendant, as I had pity and mercy on you?
34And in wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (the jailers), till he should pay all that he owed.
35So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses.
Have you ever really examined this story? Ok, so the moral of the story is to forgive, but what Jesus said at the end of the lesson is adding onto the lesson of forgiveness.
When you can not forgive someone, two things happen.

1. You laid down your salvation and are no longer under God's protection.
2. You are wide open for the devil to torment you relentlessly.
This unforgiveness is something that I have had to fight with the past couple of weeks and it opened the door to other things like depression and rejection.

Just so you know, when you complain about what is going on in your life, especially after you gave your life to the Lord, you need to shut your mouth. God is not to blame, you are. You let yourself walk in unforgiveness and YOU laid down your salvation.

Perhaps this is a wake up call for you (it is for me), to be a forgiver and not a sinner.

Amen.

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