Matthew 18:22-20:6 The bookmarked Scripture, re-visited from just a few days ago.
After Romans 4:18-22 'Faith Lived" - Against ALL hope, Abraham IN hope believed... ...he did NOT waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God... <>< <>< <><
We all as his offspring, as numerous as the grains of sand are we -
yet we each are inheritants of this hope
IF we choose to be.
God in ALL His Sovereignty not only gives ALL hope - He gives also FREE will.
He does NOT need to dictate, He is LOVE. Love does NOT dictate, Love though is His command. He is love and we are created in His image. Therefore, we can not reflect Him -
if we have not love.
Love has 3 facades - it MUST be sincere - IT does not fail - it is humble and not proud. (this in part)
So, from here - ALL hope against All Hope - BELIEVE
Am led to: Matthew 18:22-35 again. "Okay God - what am i to see? Open the eyes of my heart -
to Your Counsel that is indeed, ALL hope in which may believe."
Here I pause - to study - to see.
Jesus answered, " I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." ...22-34... 35b..."forgive your brothers from your heart."
As we have been forgiven, we are to forgive. Times without number! Forgive with a sincere heart.
Just as love must be sincere, so must our forgiveness be.
And we are enabled to do this - NOT in our own strength - in Gods Sovereignty. How? He knows the need OF EACH ! ...and GOOD ARE His plans -
Against ALL hope - in HOPE - Believe.
This, the JOY in Gods Sovereignty continued - full circle...
that LOVE - which IS God - may abound.
An appropriate lesson as His Living Word here this hour... indeed.
Forgive my debtors as my debts have been forgiven. Press on and DO and BE ALL He designed me to be. Work hard with my own hands continually.
Take care of all that can with what that work provides. Do not be frivolous - but also - NEVER be cheap. Give as been given to. Forgive as been forgiven too. When motive of heart is sincere here - Gods sincerity is reflected too... AND THAT is what we are called to do. Do NOT be a hypocrite. Be thankful, and humble and sincerely care. God is the keeper of all things, just as He is the Creator of all things. His records will accurately keep all, we need not fret... we need not judge.
NOT only do we need not to - we ARE NOT TO !
This, what I see loud and clear here my Lord. "May I have eyes to see, ears to hear, heart to heed. Sound doctrine. Let me NOT be deceived. Be the hedge of protection - and restoration. Give the enemy NO footholds with my failings.... or the failings of others against me! NEVER forget lessons learned - YET above this and these - forgive 'seventy - seven times' meaning without measure - simply fully and sincerely., forgive completely. " We need not be afraid to forgive - but we do need to be afraid if we don't forgive. Why ? Because that is how we ALL got here. BY GRACE.
NEVER FORGET THAT!
Give as have been given to; fogive as have been forgiven. Without measure -
simply with ALL.
Against ALL hope - in ALL hope
and it will be with you-