Jesus Tells About Forgiveness and Faith

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Forgiveness

As Jesus travels toward Jerusalem and eventually the cross, He is teaching His disciples and preparing them for the time He will no longer be with them. In the passage we are reading today he is teaching them about forgiveness and faithfulness:

  1. Forgiveness (vv. 1-6) - It appears that Jesus was directing this warning at the religious leaders who taught their converts their own hypocritical ways. Human nature being what it is, there will always be occasions to stumble and offenses to come. However, Jesus makes it plain that it is a serious thing to cause a fellow believer to stumble or to tempt them to sin. In fact we should lovingly watch over each other and do all that we can to keep one another from sinning.
  2. Faithfulness (vv. 7-10) - Jesus  now tells the disciples a story that emphasizes faithfulness to duty no matter what the demands might be. It is good to have faith to do the difficult and impossible tasks, but it is also essential that we have faith to do the routine things of life. Above all, when we  have done all that God has commanded of us, we are never to be proud or expect any special rewards.

Application

When someone offends me, do I go privately and lovingly to that person and share with them my feelings or do I go to others and tell them what a terrible thing this person has done? I’m afraid that I have too often done the later.

Luke 17:1-10 (English Standard Version)

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.'"

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