This Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered

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(MatthewThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » 18:21-35)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

September 14, 2014 (14th Sunday after PentecostThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... »)

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Introduction

Bruce Goodrich was being initiated into the cadet corps at Texas“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » A & M UniversityWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... ». One night, Bruce was forced to run until he dropped — but he never got up. Bruce Goodrich died before he even entered college.

A short timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » after the tragedy, Bruce’s fatherThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » wrote this letter to the administration, faculty, student body, and the corps of cadets: “I would like to take this opportunity to express the appreciation of my familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » for the great outpouring of concern and sympathy from Texas A & M University and the college community over the loss of our sonThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » Bruce. We were deeply touched by the tribute paid to him in the battalion. We were particularly pleased to note that his ChristianI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » witnessThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » did not go unnoticed during his brief time on campus.”

Mr. Goodrich went on: “I hope it will be some comfortHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » to knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » that we harbor no illLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » will in the matter. We know our GodGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » makes no mistakes. Bruce had an appointment with his LordIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » and is now secure in his celestial home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... ». When the questionLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » is asked, ‘Why did this happen?’ perhaps one answer613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » will be, ‘So that many will consider where they will spend eternity'” (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

The Goodrich family could forgiveHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » due to their Christian upbringing and faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... ». That’s one of the goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » traits of being a Christian.

Marghanita Laski, one of our best-known secular humanists and novelists, said in a moment of surprising candor in televisionAds With Values. Read more ... », “What I envy most about you ChristiansThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » is your forgiveness; I have nobody to forgive me” (sermonillustrations.com).

I. Important Question on Forgivenessghandi-quote-on-forgiveness

Yes, forgiving is one of our good traits as Christians, but some of us might be like PeterThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » who asked the Lord, okay Lord, I know I need to forgive my brothers, but how many times? Seven times? (Mt. 18:21).

This question is very important since every religionThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » and culture has this good trait, forgiveness, but our forgiveness as Christian is unique and greather than other religions and cultures in the worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » since our forgiveness is unlimited!

However, that’s a big question for us nowadays, can we do that? Can we forgive others 77 times?

II.Important Answer on Forgiveness

Yes, indeed, that’s the answer of Jesus to Peter, “I tell you, not just seven times, but 77 times! (Mt. 18:22).

“Seventy times seven” means an infinite number of times. Thus, there is no limit to forgiveness. Why? Since loveThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » is not to be limited by the multiplication table (Popular Commentary of the NT). God’s love is vast and even the whole universeCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » cannot contain it.

ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... »’s meaning is, that a manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » should be all the days, and every day of his lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... », forgiving those that sin against him, as often as they repentThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » and acknowledgeThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » their fault; and that no time is to be set for the exercise of the graceNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » of forgiveness; but as often as there are objects and occasions, though ever so many and frequent, it should be used (JohnThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » Gill).

III. Important Paradigm of Forgivenessforgiveness1

Jesus narrated a parableThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » as a concrete model example of God’s forgiveness.

That is why the kingdomThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » from heavenCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » may be compared to a kingThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » who wanted to settle accounts with his servantsThis Man Trusts His Workers But Look What They Do to His Son and Messengers. His Envoys Do Not Return so He Comes Back with Vengeance!. Read more ... ».  When he had begun to settle the accounts, a person who owed him 10,000 talentsCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » (2m-7m pounds) was brought to him.

Because he couldn’t pay, his masterCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » ordered him, his wifeA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... », his childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », and everything that he owned to be sold so that payment could be made. Then the servantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » fell down and bowed low before him, saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », “Be patient with me, and I will repay you everything!”

The master of that servant had compassionPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » and released him, canceling his debt.

But when that servant went away, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him, seized him by the throat, and said, “Pay what you owe!”

Then his fellow servant fell down and began begging him, “Be patient with me and I will repay you!” But he refused and went and had him thrown into prisonThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » until he could repay the debt.

When his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were very disturbed and went and reported to their master everything that had occurred.

Then his master sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » for him and told him, “You, evilThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » servant! I canceled that entire debt for you because you begged me. Shouldn’t you have had mercyThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?”

In angerThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » his master handed him over to the torturers until he could repay the entire debt.

This is how my heavenly Father will treat each one of you unless you forgive your brother from your heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » (Mt. 18:23-35).

In the parable, Jesus showed how we’re going to forgive others. That’s also the prayerPracticing Piety in Front of People. Read more ... » that the Lord taught us “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

 Conclusion

The art of forgiving is a spiritual grace every Christian should develop. Because this is so difficult to put into practice, Roy Smith offers the following suggestions:

1) Begin by assuring yourself that compared to Christ’s sufferingThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... » you haven’t been seriously wronged at all. The sin of your brother against you was not so serious unlike what Jesus experience.

2) Recall the many kind deeds that have been shown to you, perhaps even by the person who has harmed you.  Count your blessings and not the curses.

3) List the benefits you have received from the Lord. Top of your list must be your life, air you breathe in, freedomThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... », faith, etc.

4) ThankPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » Him for blessingMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » you with His love and forgiveness each day.

5) Make an honest effort to prayProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » for the one who has injured you. Have you experienced to pray for your enemiesJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... », for those who hurt you?

6) Go even further by looking for an opportunity to help him and not to hurt him.

7) If the offense is especially hard to forget, try to erase the memory by thinking gracious and generousThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » thoughts.

8) Finally, before you fall asleep at night, repeat slowly and thoughtfully that phrase from the Lord’s Prayer, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (sermonillustrations.com).

Every churchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » waits for a revivalLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » comingThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » from the Lord. Do you know that revival and forgiveness have relations?forgiveness2

On January 14, 1907, a group of KoreanMother’s Value Far Exceeds the Finest Jewels. Read more ... » Christians and Western missionaries met in Pyongyang (now part of North KoreaA System that Korean Church Used to Grow So Rapidly. Read more ... ») for a BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... » study in a church on the outskirts of the city.

Halfway through, God began to move. “They knew that the only wayHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » to survive was to depend on God,” Rev. Ji Il Bang of North Korean ChurchA System that Korean Church Used to Grow So Rapidly. Read more ... » said.

One by one, the men confessed their sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » to each other– sins of racial prejudice, hateWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... », anger, and jealousy.

PastorProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » Bang said ,”They knew that nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » was impossibleThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » with God, and so they called on Him for forgiveness.”

God answered and revival broke out. In the ensuing months, thousands repented publicly, including elders of churches and foreign missionaries serving in Korea.

“And out of that, they say, they think came the work of the SpiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » that finally broke out as at Pentecost,” Prof. SamuelGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » H. Moffett, son of a missionary to Korea, said.

Thus began the Great Pyongyang Revival of 1907 (http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2007/June/The-Pyongyang-Revival-100-Years-Later/).

Brethren, do you want to experience revival in this church? Do you want to experience revival in your life? Start to find your enemies, those people you need to forgive, forgive them.

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