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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.’ “

Jesus was explaining to Simon Peter that the number of times we need to forgive one another is just arbitrary.  It’s not about keeping a score card on that other person…for the act of forgiveness not about them at all.    Forgiveness stems from the unlimitless  capacity to forgive that Jesus first showed us while we were still sinners.  So as Christians, we are compelled to show each other the same kind of forgiveness…for forgiveness comes out of love for the Lord and each other.  The act of forgiveness is for our benefit, not others.  For if we allow unforgiveness to fester inside, blame escalates,   and with it,  growing bitterness, which leads only to spiritual blight.

Mark 4:18-19 ” Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the Word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the Word, making it unfruitful.”

In the Parable of the Sower, the seed (the Word of God) is sown among the thorns…obstructing its growth.  When as a Believer, we don’t see fruit in our lives, we need to be asking ourselves – “What’s distracting me from God’s plan and purpose in my life?”   The world’s frenzy is enough to distract us from what really matters, so we need to prioritize everything by these categories:  God first, family next, world last.   Distracted faith is as bad a luke-warm faith…it’s a unfruitful faith that God can’t use.

Romans 10:4 ” Christ is the end of the Law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”

Jesus Christ came to earth and died on the Cross to fulfill the demands of the Law.  He freed us from the impossible observances of those Laws…giving us instead His perfect Law that offers freedom from sin and guilt.  For anyone who puts their faith and trust in Jesus…the old Law-keeping vanishes, as the new covenant is activated in their heart.

Isaiah 5:20 ” Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

Over the last years,  the world’s  moral pendulum has swung far off-center.   What was once considered wrong, is now accepted as the norm.  What was once thought as unethical, is now touted as chic.  We are constantly being bombarded by commercials and advertisements that tell us how to think and act if we want to be accepted…but they are usually contrary to God’s Word.  Psalm 94:21 tells us that the wicked will band together against the righteous.  The evil world’s way of thinking doesn’t have to seep into your life and mind… for God is greater than any evil that may come your way…offering wisdom and happiness in place of misery and suffering.

Mark 10:16 ” And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.”

The persistent crowds followed Jesus wherever  He went…pressing close and clamoring for attention.  But in this Scripture we see a completely different picture of the Lord.  He’s holding little ones on His lap…taking the time to hug and cuddle babies and toddlers…seemly unaware of the crowds around Him.  Jesus was practicing the gift of unhurried joy.  Of taking the time to show someone just how important they are with no regard to time, schedules, or deadlines.  Our greatest gift to someone we love, is unhurried time with them…calm, peaceful, focused time – not glancing at our watches or phones, but rather at them.  Who in your life today needs to receive the gift of your unhurried time?

Philippians 1:27-28 ” I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the Gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.”

Declaring the Gospel to those around us can be scary.  We’re afraid of rejection…afraid of adversity…afraid of failure, so hence, we say nothing.  My favorite excuse is, “Someone else will share the Good News with that person…someone like the Pastor, or someone else more experienced than me.”  But there may not be a “someone else” in that person’s life.  For you may be the only one that will ever share the Gospel, or ever say the words, “Jesus loves you” to that person.  I Corinthians 16:13 says, …” we are to stand firm; be men (and women) of courage; and be strong when contending for the faith.”   So how do we overcome the fear of sharing our faith with others?  First realize,  you can never fail, even if you don’t see immediate results.  What you’re doing is planting seed that needs to be watered…maybe by someone else… and maybe an entirely different person will be there to see the harvest.  Secondly, it’s not about you and your abilities or lack there of.  For your dependence should be on the Lord Jesus Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit to show you the way.  So with them in your corner, don’t be afraid, you can do it!

Luke 4:16 He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day He went into the Synagogue, as was His custom.”

Early in His Ministry, Jesus returned to His home town of Nazareth.  There,  He practiced the Ministry of Staying Put.  Many of us rail at that Ministry, for we’d rather be used in the far-flung reaches of the world than to be utilized by God in the place we were born and raised.  Just this past Sunday in Church I heard of an opportunity to go on a short-term mission to Guatemala to work in an orphanage of shunned and outcast children with handicaps and congenital defects…and my heart went out to them and their suffering.  Does this mean I will go?  That’s entirely up to the Lord, and I leave it in His hands.  For my mission may be to remain where I am, touching the people around me… in the town where I was born and raised.