Unforgiveness is one of the biggest stumbling blocks in our walk with the Lord. Jeff uses the parable of the unforgiving servant to share with us how unforgiveness hardens our hearts, immobilizes us spiritually, and prevents us from appreciating God’s mercy with our own brokenness.
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There is a relationship between us being forgiven and us forgiving others. If you struggle with unforgiveness, remember what Jesus did for you on the Cross.
Unforgiveness is a Trap:
The “Skandalon” is the name of the part of the trap where you put the cheese. It comes from the idea of a “bait stick.” To be offended is to be trapped.
A trap is designed to:
- Not look like a trap
- Be stronger than its victim
What happens when we don’t forgive?
- Exile & Return
- God delivered them and expected Israel to treat the nations as they were treated (Exodus 7:16)
- Jubilee: Every 50 years at Jubilee was proclaimed. Slaves were returned to their family and land is returned. Liberty should be proclaimed throughout the land. Israel failed to release and extend liberty and as a result, Judah went into Babylonian captivity in 587 BC. Jeremiah 34 describes the whole thing.
- Jesus proclaims the great Jubilee in the synagogue. (Luke 4:18–19 )
“You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”– 1 Peter 1:18-19
“The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” – Matt 27:21
Barabbas means “son of the father.”
The Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:12)
A Parable about Forgiveness (Matt 18:21-35)
“Forgiveness is to pardon someone who offended, hurt, or attacked us. It implies there is guilt in the offender, regardless of whether there is repentance, sorrow, or contrition. We can forgive those who have not even ask for our forgiveness. We are asked to forgive our enemies, to love them, and to pray for them.” – The Catholicism Answer Book
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