Tuesday 17th December 2019
Theme: Forgive From Heart
Passage: Matthew 18: 15-35
The Hebrew word used to express aspects of forgiveness basically means “lift” or “carry” and presents a vivid picture of sin being lifted off and taken away from someone. Forgiveness by God is not automatic (Deut 29: 20). When it is obtained it is to be received with gratitude and awe, for sin merits punishment (Ps. 130: 3f). This shows the true nature of God that the scripture in Matthew 18: 35 admonishes all men to possess.
An unforgiving nature is not God’s nature and can never attract any good gift from God. You should learn to forgive as God your Father forgives to prove that you are not a bastard. Forgiveness, according to the teachings of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in Matthew 18: 15-35 must be total, thorough, and from a genuine heart. If you are not one that forgives, you are not a believer. Considering the parable of the wicked, unmerciful servant in Matthew 18: 21-35, C.S. Lewis said God has forgiven the inexcusable in us.”
You should bear it in mind that the unforgiving spirit classifies a man among the wicked. You are a candidate for God’s anger if you fail to forgive others. The one forgiven much should also forgive much (Ephesians 4:32). You may claim to be a genuine Christian, but you can never be free from torment until you learn to embrace the secret of forgiving from the heart.
MEMORY VERSE: MATTHEW 18: 35 “So also my heavenly Father will do to everyone of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart”
HYMN: MHB 356 – GREAT God of wonders! All Thy ways…..
PRAYER: Lord, grant us sufficient grace to release all the prisoners in our hearts that our prison might open as well so that we can be free and healed as we let go from our hearts. Amen.