To Be Forgiven, You Must Forgive!!!

Ephesians 4 31 32

Have A Wonderful And Blessed Day!!! The High Price Of Unforgiveness!!!

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

Matthew 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Matthew 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

Matthew 18:24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

Matthew 18:25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

Matthew 18:26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

Matthew 18:27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

Matthew 18:28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

Matthew 18:29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

Matthew 18:30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

Matthew 18:31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

Matthew 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

Matthew 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

Matthew 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

Matthew 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

 

His message is this; “the cost of unforgiveness is higher than you really want to pay.” When we do something wrong, and want forgiveness we at times demand forgiveness. However when someone does something against us, not only do we with-hold forgiveness we want everyone to know what that individual did. (I speak of myself).

In context of our scripture, Jesus just gave the teaching about restoring a brother and Peter immediately follows with the question of “Just exactly how many times am I supposed to forgive a brother?” Tradition had taught him to forgive 3 times, so he thought he was giving huge grace by following with the question, “7 times?” Jesus gave a new and different perspective about forgiveness which probably blew Peter’s mind. How can anyone keep up with 70 times 7? Not only they “couldn’t”, but the clear message was they “shouldn’t”.

Now this story Jesus told the Disciples the Man who was owed the huge debt; He could have also simply thrown the man into debtor’s prison. Yet, the master had compassion and “released” the man. This was enormous because the life of the servant was basically over until this release came.
The master held the note on a bill with no possibility to be paid and he canceled the debt & totally forgave the servant. Can you imagine the stir this caused?
Absurdity – All of us know what absurdity is. It contains of thought of being ridiculous, irrational, or illogical. This is exactly what is seen next.

With His Attitude – The forgiven servant went out and “FOUND”, that is “after searching he found”, someone who owed HIM a fraction of the money which he had just been forgiven. Understand the first debt was “millions of dollars” while this debt might have been several thousand dollars. It takes little imagination to believe this man left the presence of His master to go and SEEK OUT one who owed him, by comparison, little.
With His Reaction He grabbed the debtor by the throat and threatened to kill him. Think about this; not too many hours earlier HE was the one needing mercy, he was the one needing grace, and now he was acting as if all he wanted was justice.
With His Unforgiveness, Notice that the fellow servant used the same appeal which was used on the master. But no amount of begging could penetrate the calloused this calloused heart. How absurd is it to be the recipient of God’s grace and not grant just a small portion of that same grace to others.

Likewise when the man he had owed the huge debt had heard this he was angry, and had this ungrateful servant thrown to the tormenters along with his family.

This is how the Lord feels with us. He has forgiven us huge debts, huge sin. Yet we feel often times like we are right at the same level as the Lord and won’t forgive others the simplest things. Well he tells us if we won’t forfive them he won’t forgive us. Now I don’t know about anyone else but I sure want my filthy sins forgiven. I have told some people that wouldn’t forgive that the Lord wants them to forgive and they have said “well the Lord doesn’t understand what this person has done”. We all are sinners in need of forgiveness how can anyone of us say I am not going to forgive? It is like saying I am perfect they are not so they don’t deserve forgiveness. Really so you could get to Heaven on your own?

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

 

He who brought His ancient people,
With a strong and mighty hand,
Out of all their cruel bondage,
Into Canaan’s promised land.

He has said, and we believe it,
’Tis a promise made of old,
From the trusting and the loving
No good thing will He withhold.

He who led them through the desert,
By the cloud that went before,
He whose goodness never failed them,
Though they grieved Him o’er and o’er.

He has said, and we believe it,
’Tis a promise made of old,
From the trusting and the loving
No good thing will He withhold.

God is faithful to His promise,
He is mindful of His own;
On our journey to His kingdom
We shall never walk alone.

He has said, and we believe it,
’Tis a promise made of old,
From the trusting and the loving
No good thing will He withhold.

We shall have His kind protection
And His love as in the past;
Though our days be few or many,
He will guide us to the last.

He has said, and we believe it,
’Tis a promise made of old,
From the trusting and the loving
No good thing will He withhold.

Love and Prayers

Cheryl

 

 

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