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The Mercy Seat

  • 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 18:32'35 WEB.

    Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone within one's power to punish or harm. It is not punishing them, even though they deserve it, even when they have really earned it, and you now have the power to make them pay for it. It is turning the other cheek when you would like to slap theirs.

    Someone once hurt me badly, and I had to forgive them every day for a few years. Anytime the incident came to mind, I prayed and forgave them again. Then one day, it no longer bothered me, and I no longer thought about it. It took a long time. Each time they came to mind, I would say, "Father, I forgive them for what they did." Eventually, it became real, and I no longer comforted myself by thinking of their demise as Esau did with Jacob (Genesis 27:42).

    Sitting right on top of the Ark of the Covenant was the mercy seat (Exodus 25:21). That is where God spoke from. Mercy is a big thing to the Lord; throughout the Bible, you read about it. The Lord promises us that if we show mercy, we will be shown mercy (Matthew 5:7). It is an incredible promise, and it allows us to choose what will happen to us in the future. So do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    Forgiveness does not make you a doormat, and repeat offenders must be dealt with peacefully. Who we allow to be a part of our lives is a choice we make, and being invited into our home is a privilege that can be taken away.

    Some people belong on this side of our door, while others should be outside with it locked. Forgiveness does not mean that you are weak. It's a conscious, intelligent choice to recognize that even though someone deserves punishment, so do we.

    God Almighty, who created the universe, is all-powerful. He holds our very life in His hands and can take it away instantly. He shows us mercy by forgiving us of our mistakes, but He said that we must forgive others or not be forgiven. So keep a clean slate. If you get the chance today to let someone off the hook, gladly do so. For the Lord will reward you by letting you off yours.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I forgive those who have wronged me. I set them free from their debt. I choose to show them mercy today because You told us to. Please forgive me of my sins and set me free from the chains that bind me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those following the Creation Photography weekly challenges, here is this week's theme from group leader, Dianna Wyles: 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 "Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." ~ Our next inspirationally fun theme will be 'An Attitude of Gratitude' and as always is open wide for your creative interpretation so have fun showing us what gets you grateful. My photos this week display just a few things that help keep me in that place of 'appreciation: family, friends, and nature (not surprisingly). Looking forward to seeing what keeps your heart thankful. Enjoy your week, everyone ~ rejoice, pray, give thanks, repeat, and God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, I forgive those who have wronged me. I set them free from their debt. I choose to show them mercy today because You told us to. Please forgive me of my sins and set me free from the chains that bind me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
November 8, 2022
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

November 8, 2022
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

November 8, 2022
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

November 8, 2022
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen!! A great reminder to all of us! Thank you.

November 8, 2022
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

November 8, 2022
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: November 8, 2022

AMEN.  Heavenly Father, Help me to forgive others.  As YOU have forgiven me. AMEN

November 8, 2022
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen.

November 8, 2022
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Thank you Father for your forgiveness 

November 8, 2022
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Father help me to forgive all who have done me wrong and help me to totally forgive them. I need to forgive.  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen 

November 8, 2022
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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

Amen !

November 8, 2022
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

November 8, 2022
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Forgiveness brings Gods peace and you are set free. Thank you Pastor Dion for your gentle reminder.

November 8, 2022
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Christ Yeshua's name I pray this, Amen. 

November 8, 2022
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Janet Sorensen
Janet Sorensen

I have a family member who is a wonderful loving person at heart, but he is always talking about how things aren't fair and people aren't getting what they deserve. Well, thanks, captain obvious. I told him fair comes once a year if we're lucky and have no pandemics. As for people getting what they deserve, if we did, we would ALL be in trouble. That is why we need Jesus!

November 8, 2022
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Indeed; Jesus certainly didn't get what He deserved while on this earth!

November 8, 2022
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen and amen.Free me from anything that holds me back from walking in love in Jesus Name.

November 8, 2022
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Amen 

November 8, 2022
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I forgive but am so betrayed and disappointed. I think God understands. Amen

November 8, 2022
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

November 8, 2022
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

November 9, 2022