Tag: Luke 17:3-6
Scripture reading for April 2nd: Joshua 14-17, Luke 17
Key Scriptures: Luke 17:3-6 “”Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.””
Jesus was teaching His disciples about the need to keep their hearts free from offense. It would require attention to their own hearts when brothers or sisters sinned against them. These offenses must be dealt with in a timely manner in the day they happen (Ephesians 4:26). To this teaching, the disciples cried, “Increase our faith!” Jesus said that the faith needed was available in seed form. It may appear small, like a mustard seed, but when they spoke to the problem, the problem would be removed. Much like Caleb of old, ‘give me this hill country’ came from the seed of faith in God’s promises.
Joshua 14:10-12 “. . .And now behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming. So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, . .”
Faith Confession and prayer: Lord, increase my faith daily that I may attentively guard my heart against offenses and unbelief! Give me my full inheritance and renewed strength in old age to take possession of it!
Scripture reading for February 26th: Luke 17
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Luke 17:3-6 “So watch yourselves. “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea’ and it will obey you.”
Forgiveness is difficult for us. Pride often gets in the way and our desire to get even or to make the person who has wronged us feel our wrath. Jesus warned His disciples to watch themselves for this trap of offence. When He told them that they must forgive “seven times” in a single day if the offender repented, they shouted in exasperation: “Lord, increase our faith!” Jesus simple told them that they had sufficient faith to forgive and to move great mountains if they would only apply it! A very small amount of faith the size of a mustard seed could move a deeply rooted mulberry tree.
Observations for over-comers: As Christ has forgiven us great offence, we must forgive others quickly by faith. All vengeance belongs to God alone. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)