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A Daily Devotion for Thursday, October 7


Matthew 18: 21-22


Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”


I really don’t have any excuse to hold a grudge. (The parable of the unmerciful servant follows the passage above.) God has covered me in grace by forgiving my sins. Certainly I still owe Him my repentance but I must be forgiving of others. I owe this to God, as well. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Luke 12:48b


Father God, your Word lights my path. I can never say thank you in words which convey what is in my heart. I am glad you know my heart. I am yours, Amen


Becky, transforming

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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
Oct 07, 2021

Matthew 18:21-22

Each time I can forgive, it gives me the strength for the next time I need to. Practicing the courage and patience, and asking the Lord for help in forgiveness is like learning to play the piano, our ability grows stronger and stronger. Together with Him I can come to a point where forgiveness is a blessed way to live!  Forgiveness means not giving the offender the power to hurt me anymore for the wrongdoing the person committed, but it doesn’t mean I forget. I still remember but without the feelings of angry and bitterness.Forgiveness has released me from damaging emotions: to hold onto an unforgiving attitude has certainly affected me physically ,emotionally, and spiritually. I …

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Barbara
Barbara
Oct 07, 2021

Matthew 18: 21-22 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?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”


Jesus is telling Peter that no matter how many times someone hurts you, forgiveness is necessary. Holding onto the hurt only makes us bitter and resentful. We learn from Jesus that no matter what, forgive those who hurt you as he forgave the people who crucified him.


Dearest Lord, thank you for this wonderful lesson in forgiving. Sometimes forgiveness is not easy but I always feel better when I forgive. Thank you for giving me the grace to forgive thos…

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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
Oct 07, 2021

Matthew 18:21–22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many time shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times but seventy seven times.” Peter probably thought he was being generous saying seven times. The old testament says three times. With his answer, Jesus has put no limits on forgiveness. After all, there are no limits on God‘s forgiveness of us. When we think of how we are forgiven over and over for our own sins, who are we to put limits on our forgiveness of others. Prayer: gracious God thank you for this reminder of your unlimited forgiveness to me. May I be more like you. Amen

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Tom
Tom
Oct 07, 2021

Matthew 18: 21-22

Peter likely thought he was exaggerating the scope of forgiveness God expects of us, but he was also looking Kelly amazed and humbled as Jesus’ reply. We are not just recipients of God’s grace. We are called to be sharers if that grace as well. Learning to forgive in all circumstances is part of the process of sanctification, a process that, for most of us, is life long. I am still learning.


Prayer - Reconciling God, give me a heart of forgiveness to show to others what Your love is like. Amen


TAA

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