Jesus has some searching words to day about children, relatives and the cultivation of mercy towards those closest to us. We are apt to have a short fuse with all three.
How hard it is for us to do this right, v15-17, the order of rebuke and discipline.
Because it means we judge that SIN has been done against us. That there is fault in someone else.
How hard it is for us to get this right! I mean, look at what happens immediately after, the conversation between Jesus and Peter.
Forgiveness is to be tightly bound up in our acts of rebuke and discipline.
And too, there is the last segment of the passage. How much have we ourselves been forgiven? Do we think that anything another does to us can ever compare to our SIN before GOD, and the wonderful grace that brought about the terrible price that Jesus paid?
Mercy must be threaded through all that we do, our thoughts, words and actions.
* Father God,
Please forgive us Lord. We so often think to judge another, to call out sin and wrongdoing, but forget Your mercy to us. Us as broken creations, desperate, without hope, dead in our sin.
But You are faithful and Your love is steadfast.
Hallelujah Lord, what a God You are!