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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. Many are tormented. 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:

    Note: "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Yes.... I release all my resentment and i forgiveness!!!! Thank you Jesus for for setting us free from our sins. Amen
Nov 6
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

I choose to forgive Lord, amen

Nov 6
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Amen.  Forgive amd peace comes.  

Nov 6
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I forgive so I can have peace

Nov 6
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Amen,  did I miss the prayer?  I couldn't find it. 

Nov 6
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen I will forgive

Nov 6
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Nov 6
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! There is a way to have PEACE, but you have to do it God's way! Thank You Lord!

Nov 6
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Amen

Nov 6
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,we forgive.We love you Jesus.

Nov 6
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank you. I have some forgiving to do.

Nov 6
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen  Thank you God for teaching me to forgive and let the ones who hurt me and have wronged me, to let that go. I choose you in my life!! Thank you Pastor Dion for yet another devotional that hits home. Amen 

Nov 6
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Help me Father to forgive always just as You always forgive me. Thank you for this message Pastor Dion. Amen.

Nov 6
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Lord Jesus, I release ALL my resentments and unforgiveness towrds my family. Thank you for forgiving me. I want to love as you loved!

Nov 6
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

I release all my resentments and unforgiveness. Thank you for forgiving me 

Nov 6
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father I humbly ask You to take all the resentments I may have towards others and keep Your message of forgiveness on top of everything else,in Jesus name I pray, Amen. Oh Lord keeps us from sins.

Love this devotional Pastor, God bless you. 

Nov 6
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

Nov 6
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I forgive although it still hurts but I just try not to think about it. Forgive all my transgressions dear God. Amen

Nov 6
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

I'm confusing that I forgive all who have hurt and betrayed me in Jesus Name, and forgot me Lord if I have hurt or betrayed anyone.  Amen

Nov 6
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

I forgive the people who have wronged me, although I still feel resentment.  Does that mean that I have not truly forgiven these people?

Lord, examine my heart, and remove anything in me that is not pleasing to you.  Give me a clean heart, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. 

Nov 6
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Good one...thnak you Pastor. God bless!

Nov 6
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

I have forgiven LORD, but still can not forget. So please forgive me LORD.  Amen  PRAISE THE LORD

Nov 6
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Nov 6
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran

Amen!!!

Nov 6
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: Nov 6

Amen! I sincerely think that to forgive is a hard thing, but an even harder thing is to forget and to move on! Please Lord help me and my loved ones to not only forgive, forget, be able to leave it all behind and move on, in the holy name of Jesus, Amen! "Create in me a clean heart", oh Lord, my God, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

Nov 6