Tuesday, April 14, 2009


In Matt. 18 there are 7 graces of Greatness
Humility, 1-4
Responsibility, 5-9
Christ-Likeness, 10-11
Genuine Concern, 12-14
Discipline, 15-17
Fellowship, 18-22
Forgiveness, 23-35

Mt 18:23-35 Mt 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Key thought in last grace – verse 34 “delivered him to the tormentors” & verse 35 “likewise…. unto you”

Eph. 4. – Rules of Communication
#1 – Be Honest v 25
#2 – Be Forgiving v26-27
#3 – Be Graceful v 29
#4 – Be Kind v 32

Note in Rule #2 - be forgiving & don’t give place to the devil
2 Cor. 2.10-11 – be forgiving or you will let Satan get an advantage “We are not ignorant of his devices
Satan’s Devices
But, his doom is sealed – Rev. 20.10
And, remember “greater is He…” 1 Jn. 4.4
And also, “we are more than conquerors” Ro. 8.37

Who is it that you need to forgive today in order that you won’t give Satan room to work in your life?


Anonymous said...

it is impossible to be filled with the Spirit of God with bitterness or unforgiveness in our hearts towards others. Mt 18:23-35 is a powerful passage that illustrates this wonderfully. May we exercise the same forgiveness that was exercised and is exercised upon us daily.