Faith Daily | 28 June 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p552
who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son
to suffer death upon a cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
delivered us from the power of the enemy:
grant us so to die daily to sin
that we may evermore live with him
in the joy of his resurrection;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 18: 18-22
18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.’
21 Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ 22Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Mary Dean
This is not a big passage……but it has a big impact….on our everyday lives!
The disciples have come to Jesus with questions that they are looking for answers to - Peter’s question here is all about forgiveness.
Why do we find it hard to forgive others?
Often our egos hinder us from forgiving others -the hurts caused are too deep and painful - we feel we are in the right, and therefore justify our stance to not forgive - the person who hurt us does not feel any remorse for their wrongdoing or maybe we have other reasons.
God has given us some guidelines on forgiveness.
In Matthew 6:14-15 we read “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”.
Just imagine if God chose to not forgive us! Jesus set the example and is willing to forgive us our sins and unrighteous ways if we ask Him, and He encourages us to extend this same forgiveness to those who offend us in any way, even if we don’t feel like it.
We need to forgive others because Christ forgave us.
We read in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Most of us long for harmony in our lives, our homes, our friendships and in our church. Forgiveness is emotionally hard work - and to help us, the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:12. is a constant reminder that forgiveness for us as His followers isn’t an option.
Please join me in the prayer - we know and love -
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we have forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.