Some of you may be familiar with the parable from Matthew 18 about the unforgiving debtor (Matthew 18:23-35). If you are not, here is a short summary. A king ordered one of his servants to pay his debt (which was millions of dollars) but the servant pleaded with the king, and the king gave him more time to pay. Well that very servant went to one of his own debtors who owed him a just a couple thousand dollars, and refused to give that man extra time and threw him in jail. When the king found out, he was furious and immediately threw the first servant in prison to be tortured until the debt was paid.
It goes on to say in verse 35 ““That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”
Jesus forgave us of all our sins. He knows about every sin we have ever committed and still He forgives us. If our God who can forgive us of all our sins can forgive us, then surely we can forgive those who have sinned against us. It is our duties as Christians to forgive others, just as Christ has forgiven us. He says in verse 35 that when you do not forgive your brothers or sisters, then you will be punished.
So tonight I challenge you to examine your hearts. Is there someone who you need to forgive? It may not be easy, but it is something that we need to do. And it may take time, so ask Jesus to help you to forgive this person. You will be surprised at how relieved you will feel once those feelings against those persons are gone.
3 As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubitsand then led me through water that was ankle-deep. 4 He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. 5 He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross.
The river that is mentioned above could be seen as the trial that we are endeavoring. The man began walking into the water until it reached his ankles, the trials had begun and his faith remained strong as he kept on walking. He then kept walking until the water reached his knees, trials begin to get tougher, temptation kicks in, maybe he doesn’t hear God’s voice, doesn’t feel his presence. He walked in more as the water rose to his waist. Although he may keep getting deeper and deeper into the river, his faith must remain strong in order to keep going, in order to see glory, to see God’s perfected plan in his life. He walked even more to the point that he could not get across the river, what if he drowns? What if it just so happened that he gave up and let the trials get to him? Everything he has worked for to grow in his spiritual relationship with God and it all goes down the drain?
Does this sound like something that you can relate to? Well today god tells us that even though we feel like we are drowning in a river of trials, somehow feeling as if we have been forgotten, screaming out for help mercy and forgiveness and it seizes to be found. God tells you today I am here he has not forgotten. He sees what you are going through and he will intercede at his given moment. Maybe things are not going the way that you are expecting them to go Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” TRUST IN THE LORD! He has not forsaken you because you are his dearest and most precious creation. Strengthen and comfort yourself in the Lord knowing that he is the one writing our story with mercy’s pen.
On my spiritual Journey I have had to learn and cope with this. It is not easy to figure out something that may change your entire life having plans and determined to go along with those plans and then figuring out that it won’t be possible. I have had to learn that I have to step away from the situation, look at it from a perspective that God knows what he is doing and why he is allowing certain things to happen. I’ve had to humble myself before the Lord and tell him that he is the one that is leading my life, his plans are the ones that are going to prevail because I am nothing without him.
God’s love is something that words can not even begin to describe.
We are his children resting in his arms. He created us. He loves us more than we could ever imagine.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 8:37-39
There is nothing, or no one that could ever separate us from the love of Christ. You will always be loved by God. Nothing can stop that. Not even you.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. —John 3:16
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. --Romans 5:8
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made completeamong us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. —1 John 4:7-21
There is nothing more I feel that I can really say besides putting these bible verses here for you to read. God’s love, makes me speechless. I really have no words to even begin to describe how amazing our God is…