Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness’

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

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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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Matthew 5:6-8 Be Attitudes: Hungry, Merciful, and Pure

Me without Him

Me without Him

I have been trying to write this morning for several hours now, and everything I had put down felt so phony. I have been trying to analyze Jesus’ message instead of letting it speak to my heart. I’m tired of trying to expound on His message and bring “clarity” to it. I don’t have the answers and I don’t think I have been called to be the expert, so I’m going to stop trying to fill those shoes. I’m going to simply go with what each verse means to me.

I am NO example of the person to follow in living out these attitudes in daily life. I fall FAR short of the ideal. Please help me God to take one more step each day to be who You have desired me to be. Help me become more like You every day. Read more »

Matthew 3:7-10 Pharisees and Sadducees Are Put in Their Place

Pharisees pointing

The Skeptics arive

John is still on his mission. The Pharisees and Sadducees came to check out what was going on. Were they there looking for a “crazy” man? Were they looking to discredit his teaching? Were they going to try and challenge his authority? John certainly didn’t believe they were there to receive his teaching and baptism.

He called them snakes! Another word for snake is serpent. Satin disguised himself as a serpent in the Garden of Eden. These serpents were disguising themselves as religious leaders. Both deceptive and deadly!

John confronted them directly and told them if they had any REAL intentions of changing to prove it to him first. So many people say “I’m sorry” with no intention of changing their behavior that was offensive in the first place. As they say, “The proof is in the putting.” Or, “Put your money where your mouth is.” Read more »