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28th Jan 2022


The God who Forgives

Jesus uses a powerful parable to teach upon the vital importance of forgiveness.
We are to be a people who receive & release forgiveness freely.
A people who God’s forgiving love readily & freely flows through.


Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.
The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’
Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
“But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’
So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’
And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.
So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.
Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’
And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
“So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
Matthew 8:21-35


In response to Peter’s question Jesus uses the parable to teach that we are always to be ready and willing to forgive those who sin against us.
It is a lesson on learning how to forgive, forgive, forgive. Not just a few times but repeatedly & without limits.
That is the way of the Kingdom of God. Forgiveness is a staple of the Kingdom’s beautiful culture.
Brother here represents a close & intimate relationship. Those closest to us often hurt us the most deeply.
Christian community, the family of God, is to be characterised by the forgiven practicing forgiveness.
Distinctively demonstrating the forgiving love of Father God.

Forgiveness is so powerful, so freeing & such a rich source of healing & strength.
In this sin saturated world we will be sinned against & sadly there will be times when we will also sin against others.
So important that we learn to stay in the flow of God’s forgiving love.
We received undeserved mercy & grace from our loving Heavenly Father.
Forgiveness must flow from our hearts & we too must be merciful & readily forgive others.
A people experiencing mercy & demonstrating mercy & compassion.

The grace to forgive is found in, & from, El No-say, the God who forgives (Colossians 3:13).
Amazingly God not only removes our sin from us but He chooses not to remember them (Isaiah 43:25; Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:12).
How incredible is that, How freeing is that. We must learn to live & love like our Heavenly Father.
Freely forgiving & choosing not to remember, or hold onto, the wrongs & hurts that come our way.
That is the way to live at peace with God, with peace within & at peace with others.
Equip, empower & enable us o Lord to walk in Your ways of love, light & life.


For Reflection

  • How easy do I find it to go on forgiving the same person?
  • Are there any wrongs, hurts or insults I need to choose not to remember today?
  • Mediate upon the beauty of a culture where forgiveness reigns supreme.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you You are El No-say, the God who ever forgives.
As your precious dearly beloved children may we walk in your ways of grace, mercy & compassion.
Through the power & presence of the indwelling Spirit,
Help us to daily choose not to remember the times we are sinned against,
And give us the grace & strength to keep forgiving, again & again.
In the mighty name of Jesus,
Amen.

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