No Good Thing

Psalm 84 Verses  11-12

For the LORD God is a sun and shield;  The LORD gives grace and glory;  No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.   O LORD of hosts, how blessed is the man who trusts in You!         (NASB)     

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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How Absurd!

Matthew 18 Verse 28-30   But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ 

So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’

The first slave mentioned above is the one we discussed yesterday who had just been forgiven 10,000 talents and now he purposely went after another one of his fellow slaves for 100 denarii!?!?    Remember from yesterday that 1 talent = 15 years wages for a slave, so the first slaves debt was astronomical – a debt he could never pay.   This second servant owed only 100 denarii.   The value of 1 denarii is equivalent to 1 days wages for a servant, so in total the second slave owed 100 days wages to the first slave.   The servant who had just been forgiven an unfathomable amount was now unwilling to extend the same forgiveness to his fellow servant.

Seems ridiculous, doesn’t it?   Yet, how many times do we do the same exact same thing?

Remember this is a parable that Jesus was using to illustrate the importance of Forgiveness.   The King represents the Lord, both slaves represent Christians.   We see a Christian who was forgiven by the LORD of a debt he could never pay (our sin) who was then unwilling to forgive someone else of something far less significant.   Jesus used this illustration to point out the absurdity of an unforgiving heart.

Are you harboring any unforgiveness today?   If so, forgive from your heart and release that burden to the LORD.  Forgive so that you too can live in the freedom and peace that comes from forgiveness!

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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But he was unwilling and went and threw his fellow slave in prison until he should pay back what was owed.           (NASB

Ten Thousand Talents

Matthew 18 Verse 23-27   For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.  When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 

But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.

 So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’  And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.   (NASB)     

This past Sunday our Pastor continued with the “Forgiveness” theme in the Gospel of Matthew.    Did you know . . . One talent was 15 years of wages for a servant?   Did you know . . . The tabernacle was overlaid with 39 talents of gold?   Did you know . . . Solomon’s temple was overlaid with 3,000 talents of gold?   10,000 talents  was astronomical!   In today’s terms it would be “zillions of dollars!”  That slave could never repay the debt that he owed even though he asked the king to have patience with him so he could repay it.

The king had compassion on him, released him, and forgave him the debt, even though the slave did not deserve it. Wow!  What a burden to be lifted off of that slave.  Released from paying a debt that was impossible to pay!

Keep this parable in your mind and we will continue with it tomorrow.

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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God Pleaser

Hebrews Chapter 11 Verse 6

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

1 John Chapter 3 Verse 22b-23

And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.  This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another just as He commanded us.       (NASB)

The next two suggested resolutions for 2015 are to live a life pleasing to GOD, love God above all and your neighbor as yourself.   It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to do this.

Is your faith waning?   Ask God to help your unbelief.

Is GOD not first in your life?   Ask GOD to help you put Him first.

Do you find it difficult to love others sometimes/all the time?   Ask GOD to help you.

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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