THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Month Theme: The Jubilee
Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:21-35; Isaiah 58:5-7; Leviticus 25:8-13
10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.
The Lord’s model prayer elaborates on hallowing the name of the Father in Heaven. Among other things, we hallow His name by forgiving others their debts or sins (Matthew 6:9-15). It is difficult to forgive those who sin against us, but if we don’t do so, God will not forgive us either.
Jesus Christ condemned the actions of a servant – a member of the household – who was forgiven himself but refused to forgive another servant who was indebted to him. His refusal to forgive his fellow servant was offensive to the master who had forgiven him and this attracted great condemnation against him (Matthew 18:32-35). God condemns us for refusing to forgive others their debts.
Forgiving others their sins is difficult for many believers. It is also difficult for some to receive forgiveness. They feel guilty and condemned even after God has set them free through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If the Son of God sets us free, we are free indeed (John 8:34-36). The devil and people may try to hold us captive to sin and guilt but we must declare ourselves guiltless in the Jubilee.
Prayer: Pray that God will touch your heart to completely forgive those who have hurt you.
“The Jubilee” by Eastwood Anaba
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