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Sunday, September 27th,2020;
SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN?
(Forgiveness Is No Option For You)
👤 Pastor Chris Oyakhilome;
📖 TO THE BIBLE
Matthew 18:21-22 AMP C “…Peter came up to Him and said, Lord, how many times may my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? [As many as] up to seven times? Jesus answered him, I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven!”
▶️ LET’S TALK
Forgiving others of their wrong isn’t an option for a child of God. If you ever have an issue with anyone, whether your brothers and sisters in the Lord or with outsiders, don’t let it go beyond that day. The Bible says, “When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down” (Ephesians 4:26 AMPC).
But what if you forgive them and they wrong you again the next day? You’ll have to forgive again. That’s what we read in our opening scripture. Jesus said we’re to forgive others “seventy times seven” times, in response to Peter’s question. That number symbolises boundlessness. And these things were written for our learning, for our admonition.
In essence, Jesus was saying, “Forgive, no matter how many times someone offends you,” because you have enough capacity to forgive. If Christ Jesus forgave you, why should there be anything too much for you to forgive? The Bible says, “Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you” (Colossians 3:13 CEV).
Someone may say, “I’ll never forgive so-and-so because what he did was so terrible”; no! Not when you’re born again. We have the nature of God to forgive. This is why forgiveness is imperative; it’s not a piece of advice. You must always forgive, and quickly too. Let God’s love in your heart flow through you lavishly.
🎯 Go Deeper
Mark 11:25; 1 Peter 4:8 CEV; Ephesians 4:32
The love of God floods my heart through the Holy Spirit; His love controls and conditions my heart and mind, causing me to see others as God sees them. There’s no one, and there’s no wrong I can’t forgive. I have the capacity to absolve others of their faults, and demonstrate the God-nature in me; the nature of love, through my words and actions, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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📚 Daily Bible Reading
Ephesians 4:1-16, Hosea 11-14
John 1:24-34, 1 Kings 2
Study and meditate on Colossians 3:13 AMPC: “Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].”
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