Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FORGIVEN TO FORGIVE

'A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.' - John 13 v 34

Hello Dearly Beloved in the LORD Jesus, this is a short piece of exhortation, to put you to remembrance of the great love of our LORD Jesus, and to inspire that love in you for others around you. Be Blessed in Reading.

From our opening scripture, we are instructed by the LORD Jesus to love just as He loved us. He gives us a measure for our love, and that measure is the exact measure of His love for us. He didn't say we should love one another as we feel, or as we want, but He sways we should love another as He has loved us. Remarkable!

Now very quickly, I want to bring a story to you from the Bible which the LORD inspired in my heart, and I'm sure it will be a blessing to you;

'Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.' - Matthew 18 vs 23 - 25 {KING JAMES VERSION}

Did you take note of what you've just read? A servant was in debt to his master ten thousand talents, and when in the verse 26 he cried unto the master pleading with him to be patient and merciful unto him, and in the verse 27, the master of that servant was moved with compassion upon the servant, and loosed him of all his debts. Waow! What a pitiful master he was. But in the verse 28, 29 and 30, we see that this forgiven servant went out and found a fellow servant like him who owed him a hundred pence, and he held him to the throat and didn't consider the pleadings of this fellow servant as him, he didn't consider his lamentations even when his LORD considered his cries and freed him of ten thousand talents, yet he was unmerciful, so unmerciful that he even cast him into prison. Waow! Now the news of what this servant had done was brought to the LORD, and the Lord was wroth, so wroth (offended at him). I want you to see the statement made by the LORD in the verse 33;

33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

Beloved child of the Great God, God has forgiven us of all sins (Past, Present, and future) {Hebrews 10 vs 14}, what mercy he has shown on us, what a love; and HE expects that we who have received so great a mercy pass it on to others around us. Get this from me, there is no sin anyone can sin against us that can be bigger than the sins we daily commit against God! - Selah. From the story we read above, the sin that was committed against that unforgiven servant could not be compared to what that same servant committed against his LORD. You see? Ten thousand talents vs. Hundred pence, do the comparison. - Selah

We are forgiven to forgive. Let go of that heaviness, let go of that bitterness; let the awesome mercy which we have received of the LORD continually flow through us. By this shall all men know that we are the children of the Living God and the followers of Christ the LORD. {John 13 vs 35}.

God Bless You.
- Pastor Jenning Uweye

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