9/08/2014

Nice noble words,

Saturday September 20th, Matthew 18:  28 "But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.  29 "His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' 30 "But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32 "Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' 34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.  35 "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."  And forgive us our trespasses as we for those who trespass against us.  Nice noble words, old English enough to be holy, nice and clean without sounding personal. But with God, it is personal!!  How important is forgiveness, just read 32 to 35 again.  It is at the center of the Kingdom.  Add it to the mustard weed, moldy bread and dirty net, a place where forgiveness happens even when we don’t feel like it and when it comes is a personal cost to us.  So go and forgive as if your life depends on it.  In some ways, life on this side of the kingdom does!!

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