FORGIVING OTHERS, NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL
September 28, 2014
Luke 17:1-10 ESV:  And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come!  It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.  Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,  and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”  The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.  “Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’?  Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’?  Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?  So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”
Jesus continues to describe how those who authentically treasure him live.
- We will all be tempted to sin. Succumbing is not good.
- God will hold us accountable for causing others to sin.
- We should be lovingly encouraging one another to not sin.
An Illustration: When we are sinned against, we should always forgive, no matter how badly they hurt us.
- Forgiving others is really hard. We will need a lot more faith to be able to forgive.
- Forgiving others is what those with a little, genuine faith, do.
- Living like genuine disciples of Jesus, including forgiving others, is no big deal. It’s simply how those whom have been forgiven by God live.