He Forgives Us Lets Forgive Others!!!

Monday this is the work of God

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!!  Where Two Or More Are Gathered!!!

Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Matthew 18:19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
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.
If it’s easy to take things in our culture out of context, we must certainly be careful about taking the Word of God out of context. Someone may say to you, “I can live however I want because the Bible says:
Luke 12:18  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
Luke 12:19  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
Luke 12:20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
I believe most people accidently, not intentionally, (some do it intentionally) quote the Bible out of context. My prayer is that we will learn how to slow down and read what comes before and what comes after our favorite verses so that we can correctly interpret and then apply Scripture to our relational contexts.
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?

THE LIMITATIONS ON FORGIVENESS

First, some background on this passage that will be helpful. Jesus has just finished using the word “trespass” in relation to a brother sinning against another brother.
Matthew 18:15  Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
Matthew 18:16  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
This must have set Peter’s mind to work and so he asks the Lord the question in verse 21. Peter being a Jew understood that the Jews taught that they were to forgive a trespass three times. Peter more than doubles that figure to seven times and Jesus multiplies it by a factor of seven times again. What does this all mean?
Have you wondered yet how the Pharisees came up with the number three in regard to how many times they were to forgive someone? It comes from their readings in the OT about how many times God forgave His enemies. It was the rabbinic teaching in Jesus day that a man must forgive three times. One rabbi said that if a man committed an offense once, twice or even three times, you must forgive him, but by the fourth time you did not have to forgive him.
Such limits are synthetic
By synthetic I mean that the Pharisees based this number on how they really felt about those who had offended them. This was a reasonable number in their minds; it was all that could be humanly expected of them. The trouble is we aren’t dealing with what can reasonably be expected but what God expects of us. This is proper. Only when we grow in grace and the knowledge of Christ, and increase in faith, will we also increase in forgiveness and mercy. Then we will understand that we live every moment of our lives, not on the basis of justice, but on the basis of mercy received from heaven. Justice would have sent us to hell. How soon Christians forget and begin to act on the basis of law and justice! We need greater faith, greater love for God and greater appreciation of God’s grace, in order that we may rise to this level of practicing unlimited forgiveness to our brothers and sisters.

How often has Jesus forgiven us? How often do we sin agaisnt our father? Against our brethren?

Jesus told a parable to his disciples in Matt. 18:23-35. There was a king to whom people owed great debts and one man in particular who owed 10,000 talents was brought before him. Although it is not specified, we can assume that the talents were made of gold and if there were ten thousand talents, each talent weighing seventy-five pounds, and if each pound was 16 ounces and each ounce of gold would be worth about $1,200, then this man’s debt would be worth $144 billion) This man’s debt was infinite, and he was absolutely incapable of paying it. In the same way, the debt we owe God is of infinite proportion in scope.
This man could not pay up, and the great king commanded that the servant, his wife, his children, and all he owned be sold into slavery. The man fell down before the king and pleaded and beggedfor mercy! (Matt. 18:26) We are told that the king was moved with compassion and forgave him all his debt. Through the king’s great mercy alone, he was forgiven his infinite debt.
But in Matthew 18:28 we see the forgiven man looking for a fellow servant who owed him 100 denarii, which would be equal to about three months’ pay for a working man. Compared to his own huge debt, this was “chicken feed!” But when he found the man, he grabbed him, choked him and demanded his money. This other man also fell down and begged for patience. But the forgiven servant was not moved by any feelings of mercy. Even though the debt was comparatively small, he showed zero mercy and threw the man into prison.
The great king was told about this man’s cruel behavior and called the servant “on the carpet,” and said, “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant?'” “In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. Then Jesus makes this stunning declaration: “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” (Matt. 18:32-35) In effect, Jesus answered Peter’s question: “You have received unlimited mercy from God through me; therefore, you must demonstrate unlimited mercy.”
How often are we like that? We want forgiveness but are not willing to give it in return. How wrong is this action? VERY WRONG!!!
TRUE FORGIVENESS IS VERY LIBERATING!!!
Dr. P.G. Matthew writes: “Of all the world’s religions, only Christianity offers complete forgiveness. Only the Bible-consisting of the Old and New Testaments-reveals to us an infinite, personal God who has a plan by which he completely forgives the sins of everyone who repents and believes in Jesus Christ. And this God not only forgives sins, but he forgives them forever.
Isaiah 55:6  Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Isaiah 55:7  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Isaiah 55:8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Isaiah 55:9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Forgiveness is to be unlimited
Genuine forgiveness is full.
If I understand this passage is saying, what Jesus is doing is not trying to establish an arbitrary number that would continue this notion of limited forgiveness but to let Peter and the rest of the disciples know that their forgiveness was to be unlimited.
Luke 17:3  Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Luke 17:4  And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
In Luke 17:3-4, Jesus likewise taught, “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” Again, the disciples were surprised but if they had been operating in the sphere of grace like Jesus was they would have understood that there were to be no synthetic or subjective limits on forgiveness.
Genuine forgiveness is free.
The definition of this word unilateral means “one sided.” Those who have hurt us, wounded us, offended us, sinned against us, betrayed us, do not have to repent, or reform or make restitution or anything else for us to forgive them!Keep in mind it could always be the other way around and in them cases we want forgiveness.
Let me make sure that we clear up a few misunderstandings about forgiveness. Before we can build, we have to blast. We have to blast away the erroneous thoughts on what forgiveness is not.
* When you forgive a person, this does not mean you are immediately healed.
* When you forgive a person, this does not mean you are going to be buddy/buddy.
* When we forgive a person, this does not mean we surrender the right to restitution or justice when appropriate.
* When we forgive a person, this does not mean that we trust them, yet.
* When we forgive a person, we are not avoiding pain, we are opening the door to healing.
* When we forgive, we take the journey at the pace we are able to handle…the deeper the hurt, the longer the journey.
However it never gives permission to keep reminding them we have done the right thing, we have forgiven but still hurt.
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.
Claim forgiveness for ourselves —
When we accept Jesus as our Savior God forgives and forgets our sins. Now you may ask how God can forget anything? The fact is from a theological standpoint it is impossible for God to forget anything but the key to understanding this is that God chooses “not to remember.”
Claim forgiveness for ourselves —

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, God forgives and forgets our sins. Now you may ask how God can forget anything? The fact is from a theological standpoint it is impossible for God to forget anything but the key to understanding this is that God chooses “not to remember.”
Psalm 103:10  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Psalm 103:11  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
Psalm 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
It’s not enough just to receive this forgiveness, we must believe it too! We must realize that we are free from guilt, shake off the dust of our shame and leave it behind!
Choose to forgive those who have wronged us.
Forgiveness isn’t a feeling you just sort of “float into,” it’s a choice that you and I make.
YOU ARE THE PRISONER!
Forgiveness doesn’t make the other person right, it makes you free.
Continue to forgive
Forgiveness means never bringing up the issue again. When you and I forgive someone we are saying: “By the grace of God I’ll never bring it up again!” A lot of us say we have buried the hatchet but we keep the map that shows where it is buried!
It isn’t about the other person it is also about ourselves….

 

TAKE THE WORLD BUT GIVE ME JESUS
Take the world, but give me Jesus,
All its joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever,
Through eternal years the same.
Oh, the height and depth of mercy!
Oh, the length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption,
Pledge of endless life above!
Take the world, but give me Jesus,
Sweetest comfort of my soul;
With my Savior watching o’er me,
I can sing though billows roll.
Take the world, but give me Jesus,
Let me view His constant smile;
Then throughout my pilgrim journey
Light will cheer me all the while.
Take the world, but give me Jesus;
In His cross my trust shall be,
Till, with clearer, brighter vision,
Face to face my Lord I see.

 

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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