Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
Do-Gooders: Forgive Offenders
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Matthew 6:14 (NASB)
Then Peter came to Him and said, 'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?'
Jesus said to him, 'I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.'
Matthew 18:21-22 (NKJV)*
Forgiveness is a graduate exam. Passing it is a mark of mature faith.** Funny thing: small children are masters of forgiveness. Once done, they forget it... in faith, hope and love.
Just one more reason Jesus said we must become like little kids.
'Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven' (Matthew 18:3).
If we think we don't sin much or sin big, we need to think again:
'For whoever keeps the whole Law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of It' (James 2:10); 'For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God' (Romans 3:23); 'All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags' (Isaiah 64:6).
Because if the only sinless Man forgave everyone for everything, and He's called us to do the same. Therefore, if we call ourselves Christians, we must forgive, forgive and forgive.
No matter how often we've been hurt, no matter how grievous the offense, no matter how justified we feel, no matter if people agree with us.
If not, we're stuck playing the victim. But surely we're destined for far greater roles.
## Do-Gooders: Forgive Offenders (Part 19)
* The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+18:21-35&version=NKJV
** Previous 7-part Devotion Series, Unforgiveness: http://careylewisdevotions.com/unforgiveness-part-1-leprosy-of-the-heart
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2016 series called, 'Do-Gooders.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.