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  • Then his lord called him in, and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me. Shouldn't you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?' His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him. So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don't each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds.' Matthew 18:32 WEB

    When Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive his brother in a day, Jesus said seventy-seven times (or 70x7=490 depending on your translation). The pharisees believed not more than three times. Jesus then told them a parable about two men who were both in debt.

    One man owed a king 10,000 talents. Now a talent was the highest unit of currency, and ten thousand the highest Greek numeral. This would be like a billion dollars. When the man asked for forgiveness, the king had compassion on him and canceled the debt, letting him and his family go free.

    The second man in the parable owed the first one a hundred denarii, about twenty dollars. That is one-six-hundred-thousandth of the first man's debt. Rather than forgive this man his debt, the first wanted to make him pay for it, and had him put in prison.

    When word of this got back to the King, he was so upset that he handed the first man over to the torturers to make him pay back the billion dollars that he had owed as well. So both men ended up in prison, and only the one who held the debt could release them, as the king could not release the man who owed the twenty dollars. He did owe it. It was a legitimate debt, and the man that he owed it to was the one that had to release him from it.

    Jesus said: 'Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you' (Luke 6:37). 'And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us' (Luke 11:4). In each of these, our action causes a reaction, which is probably why Jesus told us to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, because that is what is going to happen.

    We are required to forgive others in order to be forgiven. This is not really a choice. Jesus made it clear that unless you forgive others, you will not be forgiven yourself. Un-forgiveness is a dangerous game to play. The original text conveys that they were handed over to the 'Tormentors', a torturer that would make them pay in some way. This was not a made-up phrase that Jesus happened to use, it was a stern warning to us.

    Many of us are in that jail and do not even know it. We wonder why our life is a living hell, yet we cling to our bitterness like it is all that we have to live for. Let the ones that hurt you go and free yourself from your personal jail. Your life will be so much happier and your mind will be free when you no longer have to track all the wrongs that have been done to you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I know that I need Your mercy more than ever. Because of You, I forgive those that have done me wrong, I freely release them and let them go. Please set me free from the torturer in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: 'For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.' (Matthew 18:20) If you are in need of prayer, please do send your requests to our private prayer network, where we and the prayer team join together for you! RHM Prayer Network


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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen. 

March 22, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen!

 

March 22, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!!

March 22, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I know that I need Your mercy more than ever. Because of You, I forgive those that have done me wrong, I freely release them and let them go. Please set me free from the torturer in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

March 22, 2018
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Amen!

March 22, 2018
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Amen! 

March 22, 2018
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

I forgive all that trespassed against me.Jesus please forgive me. Amen,We love you .

March 22, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for forgiving my sins. Please help me to forgive others as well and show me any unforgiveness I am still holding on to. Amen.

March 22, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen praise God 

March 22, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father, help me to forgive those had done wrong to me as You have forgotten me. Take all the bitterness from me and lead me. In Jesus name I pray,Amen. 

March 22, 2018
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

March 22, 2018
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

I still struggle with this, and I'll be seeing a therapist later to help.But deep down, I know only God's mercy can help me deal with my "un" forgiveness.

March 22, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord, amen

March 22, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen Lord, be it so! Please help me by Thy mighty Holy Spirit to forgive, forget and remember no more, in the name of Jesus Christ I ask and pray! Amen!

March 22, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

March 22, 2018
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Madalyn Myers
Madalyn Myers

I have had to forgive people in the past for saying hurtful things to me. It is hard to forgive a person when they have done wrong. But I do recognize the phrase ( I am willing to forgive you but I can't forget). I have a family member that did me wrong. It took years for me forgive her, But I finally did. I did notice that during the process of forgiveness I was very angry with her. I had to come to terms that God has allowed this to happen in my life for a reason. Someone told me that In life we can learn a lesson or receive a blessing in situations in our life. 

March 22, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I know that I need Your mercy more than ever. Because of You, I forgive those that have done me wrong, I freely release them and let them go. Please set me free from this flesh in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

March 23, 2018