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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.

Mark 4:16-17 ” Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the Word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the Word they quickly fall away.”

In these verses from the Parable of the Sower we see the Word of God being sown over rocky ground.  The plants  spring up, but because they have no adequate root system, they die off  quickly.  In the Amplified Version of the Bible it gives us insight into this shallow faith. It states in Mark 4:17,  ” And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.”  So how can we pray for this person? They have to go deeper.  In I Timothy 3:9 it talks about keeping ahold of the deep truths of the faith…the divine secrets, revealed truths, and revelations from God.  To move from shallow faith to a vibrant and intimate relationship with the Lord,  a person has to go deeper with God…allowing Him to speak to them through the Scriptures, revealing important truths to them.   And with these new revelations, they are then able to send roots of trust down deep.

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.

John 4:13-14 ” Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ “

We’ve all been very thirsty. An interesting note about the human body…hunger pangs will eventually subside, but thirst will never go away, for our bodies need water to operation and maintain homeostasis, (a stable and normal condition of all systems within the body.)  In this Scripture, Jesus is offering the Samaritan woman the kind of water that will not only satisfy immediately, but will become  an Artesian well within her.  Like a spring rising up with a new and constant supply of fresh water, this living water fills and quenches our thirst unlike anything the world can offer.

Mark 7:14-15 ” Again, Jesus called the crowd to Him and said, ‘Listen to Me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a man can make him unclean by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him unclean.’ “

The long-held Jewish Law was being turned upside down by Jesus in this scripture.  He was in a way giving the crowd an Anatomy and Physiology lesson in explaining that nothing they could ingest would ever defile their hearts…their inner self.  Rather,  Jesus explained to them that it was what came out of a man…in word and deed…that degraded and profaned him.

Proverbs 4:18 “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”

Our journey with the Lord is just that – a journey.  It’s not a stagnant, or stationary time in our lives when we just stand still… waiting.  We need to be growing daily, pushing ourselves ever closer in becoming more like Jesus.  And as we mature, we become established, full of Godly wisdom, and able to further the Kingdom of Heaven. For just like that first gleam of dawn, the light of God will shine brighter and brighter within us.