We have been talking about the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant. At the conclusion of the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, Jesus tells us that forgiveness comes from the heart (see Matthew 18:35). The power of forgiveness comes from God dwelling in us. This is an important point. Forgiveness does not flow out of religious obligation. It is not something that we do out of guilt. We don’t forgive because we have to forgive. Forgiveness is not going through the motions. It is birthed out of a deep sense of unworthiness and gratitude before God. We fail to forgive when we fail to grasp the … [Read More...]
We have been talking about forgiveness. Jesus tells the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant to bring light to the subject. It is the story of a servant who was forgiven a $14 billion debt but fails to forgive the $12,000 debt of a fellow servant (see Matthew 18:23-35). It is a story about the importance of forgiveness. Forgiveness is important, but forgiveness is hard. I heard it said that the person who says forgiveness is easy has never truly forgiven. Jesus does not dismiss how we are often deeply hurt by others. He doesn’t liken the debt of the second servant to $20. He describes it as a … [Read More...]
Yesterday, I shared how Jesus explains in the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:25-30) that we have been forgiven a tremendous debt. It is a debt we could never pay. But God has canceled that debt on our behalf because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. But there is more to the story. Today we talk about how our forgiveness is necessary. The servant who was forgiven the $14 billion debt encounters his fellow servant. This fellow servant also happens to owe the first servant a debt. In this case, the debt is 100 denarii. A denarius was one day's wage for an unskilled laborer. Let’s … [Read More...]
40 Things to Give up for Lent
This is post that started it all and led to the creation of Greater Things Today. Discover 40 Things to give up not just for Lent, but for the rest of you life.
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This list is different. It is not the typical things like soda or chocolate. These are things truly worth giving up. There is one for each day of the season. And these are things to give up not just for Lent, but for the rest of your life.