Proverbs 7 3-7-22

Want to be like Jesus? Forgive, forgive, then forgive again.

24 Now then, my children, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.

We came to a conclusion this morning in Sunday’s Cool (Sunday School). After an hour of discussion (there were 20 of us), we decided that there are no human words that can describe what Jesus did for us on the cross, that there is no human thought that can grasp the Trinity, and that we all should be careful not to hold too tightly to any perceived analogy or explanation. It is enough to believe in what Jesus did and to trust Him with our lives. We did not frame our conclusion in quite this succinct manner, but it is the heart of our discussion.

The greatest thing that we came away with this morning is the love and mercy of God. The debt that we owed that we could never pay wasn’t paid by Jesus–it was canceled by Him. Read His own words:

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times [or, seventy times seven].
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[i] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Want to be like Jesus? Forgive, forgive, then forgive again. Cancel the debt. Then reset.

Abba, finding that reset button is hard to do, but necessary for the Jesus Way. To begin again with someone without holding past offenses against him/her is only something that You can do in us. Make it so, Abba! May we be like Jesus in this way today. Amen.

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