Forgive Them—Day 2

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Forgive Them—Day 2 Matthew 6: 14, 15 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”  As we meditate on our devotional passage let us remember that this text reinforces the fifth petition of the Lord’s Prayer (6:12). By repeating the same thought so closely together, it stresses the importance of believers being a forgiving community. Have we forgotten that our communication with God is directly connected to our behavior toward others? For example I Peter 3: 7, “You husbands, in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.” Can we imagine praying daily and our...

Forgive Them

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Forgive Them Matt 6: 14, 15 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”  As we begin this week’s devotional series, I can not help but think about Calvary and those powerful words that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, spoke on the cross “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus, our example, forgave those who doubted him as the Messiah, and intentionally acted to destroy his influence, dishearten his followers, and do away with him physically. He requires us to do the same if we desire to be in right fellowship with him—forgive those who commit wrongdoings against us. It is interesting that our faith is built on forgiveness, but when it is our turn to forgive, it seems almost impossible to do....

What Does That Look Like—Day 5

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What Does That Look Like—Day 5 Matthew 10: 16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” I learned to play chess as a child. I was considered a good chess player. One day my father noticed how my level of playing would fall whenever I lost the most important piece, the queen. For a year, whenever we sat down to play chess, my father would begin the game by taking my queen away from me. He would challenge me to play well without what I perceived to be my greatest weapon. Was it possible to win against others without having the most dominating piece on the board? Yes! I share this story as we meditate on this devotional passage because many of us need to know, using the words of C. H. Spurgeon, “The weapons of Christians are that they are weaponless.” We do not fight like others. However, we must learn...

What Does That Look Like?—Day 4

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What Does That Look Like?—Day 4 Matthew 10: 16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” How often have we heard, “We do not repay evil with evil, but overcome evil with good?” To be sheep in the midst of wolves, we are certain to find ourselves in challenging situations—situations where our flesh will struggle not to interfere and respond to an offense. We are bound to face rough days because of who we are in Christ.  However, Christ has not left us in a hostile world without assistance; we, who are His, have the Holy Spirit and the word of God. And He says to us, “Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” What does that look like, “Wise as serpents and harmless as doves?”  This is a combination we do not see often enough.  Craig Blomberg said, “We often invert the...

What Does That Look Like?—Day 3

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What Does That Look Like?—Day 3 Matthew 10: 16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” In our devotional passage, Jesus was clearly aware of what was to transpire for the disciples. The disciples would soon see persecution uprise not because of sociological factors. However, trouble would come their way because of their teacher, Jesus. Jesus knew that the disciples would experience rejection from family and others because of Him. Jesus knew they would be hauled up before the authorities because of Him. Jesus knew the insurmountable hatred they would experience would be because of His Name. As we meditate on that let us take an honest, introspective look at ourselves and see, do we subconsciously distance ourselves from Jesus?  Yes, we go to church, and we are not ashamed to let others know that. Nevertheless,...