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Forgive From Your Heart

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SCRIPTURE

Then his master summoned him and said to him, “You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also, my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” - Matthew 18:32-35

 

OBSERVATION

The most forgiven people should be the most forgiving people. God has forgiven the most in the wicked servant i.e. ten thousand talents (a talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a laborer). The average salary of a blue collar worker in US is $43,318. Multiply that by 20 years which comes out to $866,360. Multiply that by 10,000 and that comes to 8,633,600,000 dollars. Can you imagine accruing a debt that large? That’s the amount of the gross national income of a small country like Jamaica, Albania or Honduras. It would take multiple life sentences to pay off that debt! Yet that debt was cleared and forgiven by the gracious master. This wicked servant could not and would not forgive a fellow servant who owed him 100 denarii (day’s wage for a laborer) which would be about $21,600 today. A $21,000 debt is no small debt meaning that when people offend and injure us, it still hurts. But in comparison to what has been forgiven, he could easily forgive.

 

APPLICATION

Point of Application:

  • Stand on God’s forgiveness through Christ. My offenses, transgressions, iniquities, rebellion, disobedience and treason against the God of the universe, creator of heaven and earth has been forgiven in full when Christ took on my son at the cross. Charles Spurgeon says that, “You stand before God as if you were Christ, because Christ stood before God as if he were you.” Jesus took all my punishment I deserved that I continue to accrue on the cross.  

  • Forgive from my heart: The question is not how can I forgive? Rather, the question is how could I NOT forgive? First, recognize and acknowledge the hurt and wounds that others have done to me but anchor my forgiveness of others in how God in Christ has forgiven me. Understand the debt of 100 denarii that others have incurred but forgive from the heart who’s been forgiven of 10,000 talents.

 

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for complete and experiential forgiveness in you. You are abounding in mercy and great in steadfast love. Thank you for paying the price of my forgiveness—the death of your own son. Fill me with your grace, mercy and kindness so that I can forgive others. May my forgiveness know no bounds. Help me to process hurts and wounds so that I don’t suppress and deny them but realize the freedom in forgiveness. I love you.

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House of Prayer

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SCRIPTURE

And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it into a den of robbers.” - Luke 19:45-46

 

OBSERVATION

After Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and weeping over the city, he proceeds to cleanse the temple. He did this in order to fulfill Isaiah 56. Amazingly enough, Isaiah 56 is a prophecy for God provide salvation for foreigners to experience joy in God and offer up sacrifices in God’s temple i.e. “for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (v.7). The house of God is not described as a house of preaching, fellowship, teaching or even worship but as the dwelling place of prayer. Jesus’ mission for all peoples in every nation, tribe and tongue is to come before the Lord in prayer. Prayer then is to be championed and prioritized in our worship service. 

 

APPLICATION

Prioritize prayer!

  • Church: Quarterly have ministry times for our church where people can come and be personally prayed for within our service. Have periodic and intentional community prayer where the church can pray for one another. 

  • Home: Is my home described as a house of prayer? Danganan house is a house of __________… Netflix, TV, yelling, peace? Besides prayer for food, before starting school work and bed times with the kids—are there intentional times of gratitude and seeking God in prayer? Get back to the things you did at first: wake up, get down on your knees in prayer and worship. Always have prayer time with Renee before going to sleep in bed. 

 

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for rekindling my passion for prayer this morning! Thank you Jesus that restored the temple as a house of prayer for me a foreign gentile. Lord, please strengthen me and give me the desire that in my life the vision of prayer in my house and your church. I love you. Maranatha!

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