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Thursday, August 17, 2023

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Joshua 3:7-11, 13-17
Psalm 114:1-6
Matthew 18:21—19:1

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jesus teaches more on forgiveness

“Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?” —Matthew 18:21, RSV-CE

Today, Jesus teaches us many things about forgiveness:

1)      Forgiveness pertains only to sins. We forgive sins; we overlook faults, shortcomings, and weaknesses (Sir 28:7; Prv 19:11).

2)      By God’s grace, we must forgive 70 x 7, that is, indefinitely (Mt 18:22).

3)      God’s kingdom is “like” forgiveness (Mt 18:23). Forgiving is essential in God’s plan.

4)      The debt of our sins is very great (see Mt 18:24). God’s forgiving us of this debt should lead us to forgive others (Mt 18:33).

5)      When we are not forgiving, we make our lives slavery, a prison, and torture (Mt 18:25, 30, 34).

6)      Forgiveness can be feigned. Fake forgiveness is expressed only in externals. We must forgive from our hearts (Mt 18:35).

Right now, by the Lord’s grace, make the decision to forgive everyone for every sin committed against you. Forgive by God’s standards.

Prayer:  “Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23:34).

Promise:  “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord, your God.” —Jos 3:9

Praise:  Melissa and her father reconciled after being estranged for several decades. She forgave him for his abusive outbursts of anger and violence, and he apologized for his hurtful actions.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, view, download or order our booklet The Book on Forgiveness, on our website.)

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