January 26, Reading 3 – Matthew 18:15-35

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SAA Notes

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.

SJA Notes

* God Above, please write Your word on our hearts today, that we might not sin against You.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

How hard for us is the order of rebuke and discipline.

How hard it is to get it right, judging fault in others.

Forgiveness is tightly bound up in our acts of rebuke and discipline.

How much have we ourselves been forgiven?

Read over again the parable Jesus tells, which contains the protocols, the principles, that He wants us to understand.

We can be very quick to judge, to want to be in judgement over others, in seeing someone else’s sin. And that quickness can often lead us ourselves into sin.

Do we really think anything someone does to us can ever compare to our own sin before the Holy God?

Are we so quick to forget or not really understand the wonderful mercy that brought about the terrible price that Jesus paid?

A heart of forgiveness and mercy needs to be foremost in any action on rebuke or discipline.

* Father God,

Please forgive us Lord.

We so often think to judge another, to call out other sin and wrongdoing, and forget Your great mercy to us.

You are faithful and Your love is steadfast.

Hallelujah Lord, what a God You are!

Amen.

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