How Many Times Must I Forgive?

How Many Times Must I Forgive?


S – Scripture:

Matt 18:21-22 – Then Peter came to him (Jesus) and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times? – No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” (NLT)

O – Observation:

Matt 18:21-35 first describes the conversation between Peter and Jesus on forgiveness. In vs. 22-34 Jesus tells the parable (story) of a king who wanted to settle debts with his servants, the king forgive his servants debt, yet that same servant found someone who owed him money and demanded the debt be repaid; he did not do the same as the king did for him, which was to have mercy on him and forgive his debt. The master (king) heard what his servant did and said that the servant was wicked and had him put in jail to be tortured, until he could repay his debt to the king.

In v35 Jesus said, “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” (NIV)

A – Application:

It’s always a challenge to forgive someone who has wronged you. I’ve written on this before in my devotions. I believe that if you are unable to rest, you have no peace about a situation between you and whomever, even if you were not the one that did wrong – you should go to the person and do as it says in Matt 18:15-19 so that nothing comes between you and your relationship with the Lord.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for giving your Son for my sins. I thank you that I am able to follow your instructions and guidance in following your ways. I am never perfect and am always striving to do what I believe to be your will. There are times when I feel that someone has sinned against me, I need to forgive them. I have felt that people have sinned against those I care about – this seems harder for me to let go, yet I need to. I understand I have the responsibility to make right – many times the people who sin against me or those I care about do not follow your Word, are not your followers, so I must still forgive them and move on, not carry bitterness in my heart and mind, so that there is no interference between you and I. Lord thank you for your grace and mercy in my life. Help me to know and do your will. Help provide for me and my families needs. Thank you, in Jesus name, amen.

Reading: Exodus 5:22-7:25, Matt 18:21-19:12, Psalm 23:1-6, Prov 5:22-23

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Today’s Date:  January 28, 2010

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Share Your Prayer Needs

Today’s Date:  January 27, 2010

Share Your Prayer Needs

Reading: Exodus 4-5:21, Matt 18:1-20, Psalm 22:19-31, Proverbs 5:15-21

S – Scripture:

Matt 18: 20 “for where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

O – Observation:

Matt 18: 15-20 talks about what to do when a “brother” sins against you. I’ve often prayed v20 when praying with others as we are taught that if there’s more of us praying, not that the Lord doesn’t hear us when we pray individually, but that he wants us to be one, together, “bound on earth will be bound in heaven” v18. We fellowship in good times and bad, we need to share with one another so that we can continue to pray when the other person cannot and lift each other up in prayer as that is what Jesus instructs us to do.

A – Application:

I will ask my brothers and sisters in Christ if they have any prayer requests. I will direct them to pray on their own to our Lord Jesus and to share with their Christian family who are near – and if they feel that they are not able to ask others for prayer because they fear they will lose confidentiality, I pray that they are able to go to the many online prayer sites and prayer partners in their church and small group, so that they know that there is strength in numbers. God will answer; it may not be the answer you want; however we are called to pray together.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for your love, understanding, grace, mercy, forgiveness. Thank you for hearing our cry, even when we think you have not heard us – you have answered, it just may not be the answer we were hoping for, or it may not be your will or your timing. I pray that your will be done. Amen.

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