Matthew Lesson 19 Day 5

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Matthew Lesson 19 Day 5

Forgiveness in the Kingdom Community

Matthew 18:21-35

13. a. “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me,

. . . and I forgive him?”

“As many as seven times?”

After Jesus talked about unity and dealing with problems among our brothers and sisters in Christ, Peter thought he sounded generous and loving when he suggested seven times.

“The Rabbis discussed this question, and recommended not more than three times…Peter’s seven times is therefore generous, but Jesus’ reply does away with all limits and calculations.” (France)1

b. Verse 22—

Jesus said, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

c. God freely forgave us,

. . . so we should freely forgive others.

The world focuses on self-preservation, blame, and revenge, but Jesus focuses on love, mercy, and forgiveness.

Our heavenly Father loved the world so much, he sent his only Son. . . God didn’t send his Son to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17)

14. a.  If we forgive others,

He will forgive us. 

“And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25

“Those who truly understand how much they have been forgiven will forgive others. But those who think they save themselves by their good works become judgmental. A judgmental, condemning attitude speaks to a failure to understand the grace of God.”  Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary Note on Matthew 18:332

God is more concerned about the condition of our hearts than about how well or how badly others treat us. To be like Jesus, we must say as He did, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

These are sobering reminders.

From my lesson in 2014:

I’m primarily dealing with family caregiving these days—a husband recuperating from a near-fatal heart attack, an elderly parent with stroke-induced dementia, and assisting with the care of five grandchildren—one with special needs.

My prayer every morning since I came across the following quote in an old journal a few weeks ago has been the following:

“Life minus love equals zero. Love leaves a legacy. How you treated other people, not your wealth or accomplishments, is the most enduring impact you can leave on earth. God, whether I get anything else done today, I want to make sure that I spend time loving You and loving other people—because that’s what life is all about. I don’t want to waste this day. (page 125) (I think this quote is from Purpose Driven Life)

Dearest Lord, the only chance I have to repay You for Your love, mercy, and forgiveness is to—

  • love others as You have loved me;
  • forgive others as You have forgiven me;
  • be patient with others as You have been patient with me;
  • show mercy to others as You have been merciful with me;
  • be generous with others as You have been generous with me;

As You enable me by Your Precious Spirit,

I will share Your love

unto the least of these . . .

Day 6

  1.  Please pray I will receive a deeper revelation of God’s love and produce the fruit of God’s love in my life.

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