Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday, April 14th: Joshua 9:3-10:43, Luke 16:19-17:10, Psalm 83:1-18, Proverbs 13:4 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Joshua 9:3-10:43, Luke 16:19-17:10, Psalm 83:1-18, Proverbs 13:4

Luke 16:3-6 “If another believer[c] sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. 4 Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”

6 The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you!

My devotional book had an interesting take on this passage that I don't think I've heard before....

Recognizing that they didn't have in themselves the needed resource for this radical kind of forgiving, the apostles told Jesus they needed more faith, But Jesus said it wasn't more faith they needed; they already had enough. Jesus was saying that if his gospel had any place at all in their hearts - even the size of a mustard seed - they had what they needed to forgive. The same is true for us and for our children: If we have enough faith to believe that God has forgiven us our enormous debt of sin, we have what we need to forgive the debts of others. 

Just a mustard seed's worth of comprehension of God's forgiveness is enough to break our hearts over the enormity of our own sin and the greatness of his mercy. We, in turn, can extend mercy to someone who has hurt or offended us. Jesus wants to help us become as forgiving as he is, but he knows that we don't have what it takes to do that on our own - but then, if we are in him, we are not on our own.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageJoshua 11:1-12:24, Luke 17:11-37, Psalm 84:1-12, Proverbs 13:5-6

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