Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness’

Luke 12:57-59 Court Can Cost You

Takes accepting responsibility and seeing others' perspectives

Takes accepting responsibility and seeing others’ perspectives

Have you ever noticed that there are at least TWO sides to every argument? I know that sounds like an “duh” statement, but some people still don’t see that cold hard fact. Most of the time, each side also has valid points. Jesus tells us to try and reach a compromise without the need of a judge. Try and settle it yourselves.

There are a couple of things that struck me in our reading today. First of all, I noticed that the one Jesus seems to be addressing is the one who is being accused of something. That would be the one who committed the offense, according to the accuser anyway. We all try to avoid being labeled as the “offender.” Even as children when we are faced with the question of whom the guilty party is we give that distinction to the two most notorious children in the world, “Not Me” and “I Don’t Know.” We avoid accepting guilt whenever possible. But Jesus’ instructions about making an effort to settle with our accuser first premises that we accept responsibility for the wrong we have done. You will NOT be inclined to settle if you hold yourself blameless. Weather intentional or accidental, we need to accept responsibility for our actions and their results. Read more »

Luke 6:37-42 For Your Preparation

He makes SURE we have all the information

He makes SURE we have all the information

After finishing writing on this passage, God prompted me to think about it another way. He reminded me that this message was specifically aimed at Jesus’ disciples. This was a message they would need once He sent them out into the world.

When Jesus’ disciples head out into the mission field they are going to encounter resistance. While Jesus is still alive the resistance is pretty small. They came back from their first mission trip with glowing reports of miracles and acceptance to His message. The religious leaders were the strongest opponents at that time. I imagine that they were more concerned with Jesus than His disciples’ actions. Maybe He kept them focused on Him during that time. God was certainly covering them with His protection while they walked with Jesus. Their survival in the midst of deadly storms is proof of that. Read more »

Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness and Mercy

Have mercy on me!

Have mercy on me!

Jesus is still teaching His disciple in the house in Capernaum. Peter was listening closely to what Jesus was saying about the brother who offends you. “I know You tell me to forgive my brother, but how many times do I have to do it”, he asks Jesus. Thinking he is being generous, Peter throws out seven times as the number of times one should forgive his brother.

Seven is a number used quite frequently in the Jewish religion. It is considered the number of completion. Seven days in creation. Seven times Joshua marched around Jerrica. Seven of each clean animals on the ark. Got Questions.org does a very good job of exploring the use of the number seven in the bible. Read more »

Matthew 6:5-15 Jesus Teaches Us to Pray

bed time prayers aurora

Just Talk to Him. He is listening

Jesus starts out His teaching on giving, praying and fasting with the same admonishment. Don’t do it just to be seen by others! These are personal interactions between you and God. Turning them into public displays, robs you of the real reward of these activities; personal relationship time with God. Jesus though this was important enough that He started EACH teaching with this crucial command.

Jesus next words on prayer are interesting. He talks about how the gentiles go on and On and ON in their prayers. Jesus is fully God and fully man so as God, I guess He heard enough of the Gentiles prayers to know what they sounded like. He says to keep it sweet and to the point, because God already knows your need, even before you come to Him. Read more »

Matthew 5:21-26 Jesus Addresses Anger and its Results

angry face

Not my best selfie

This one is NOT going to be fun today for me. I have been battling this issue in my life lately. Not “explosive kill someone” anger but a “slow boil” under the surface. More like festering frustration that never seems to really go away. I’m in the “stew pot” of stress.

Before I go any farther, I need to define a few terms. I’m doing this because when I looked at the helps from my bible their “anger” didn’t match up with what I think of as “anger.” I wanted to know what it really means. I also included two other words that describe MY condition.

Anger: a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong; wrath; ire.

Frustration: a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems.

Irritate: to excite to impatience or anger; annoy.

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