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05/25/2017

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Diversity And Forgiveness


"What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to?" (Lk.13:18). "Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish" (Matt.13:47). "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants" (Matt.18:23).

As we continue with Jesus' vivid descriptions of what the church would be like, we get to look at two more of His parables. Lets remember that He is comparing things that are not very well known to those that are known to make the teaching more understandable... The 1st parable teaches that the net collects all the good and the bad, just as the gospel draws every diversity of character. Jesus proved this in His life when he went into the homes of folks that religious leaders of the day would have nothing to do with. Though the parable is a short one, the lesson is concise. All those that the gospel reaches must respond to it in the way they are humbly supposed to, because in the end, the separation of the good and bad will take place. "The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil" (Matt.13:41). The 2nd parable about the king who wanted to settle matters with his servants is a lengthier one and is all about forgiveness... As the parable unfolds, verse thirty five (35) suggests the following particulars; First that our sins against God are tremendous in comparison to those committed against us. Secondly, that God freely forgave our sins, and that we should freely forgive others... "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you" (Col.3:13). Thirdly, if we do not forgive others, God will withhold forgiveness from us and will punish us. He had previously said this; "But if you not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins" (Matt.6:15). Aren't we glad that the Lord provides the gospel to all, and teaches that forgiveness is a sweet and beautiful thing....

Have a wonderful day... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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