2 Chronicles 28-29, Luke 17
I am not sure why but the verse that stood out to me today was 2 Chron 29:11 “My sons, do not be negligent now, for The Lord has chosen you to stand before him and serve him, to minister before him…”
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Luke 17:3-4 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
This verse stood out to me as I don’t recall reading it before now, even though I’ve read Luke several times! I think it is a very important reminder to us Christians. First, Jesus calls us to hold our friends accountable for their actions – if a brother sins, “rebuke him”. Jesus then calls us to forgive our brothers. God forgives our sins, and while there is nothing that we can do to repay the Lord for that, we are called to represent Him on earth and forgive others.
One last thought that I came across – verse 4. Jesus calls us to forgive others for their sins when they repent, not once, not twice, but even 7 (and more) times, if necessary. I struggle with this a lot, and it’s easier said than done. I consistently am angry with my mom. In simple terms, her multitude of sins have gradually led up to the deterioration of our relationship. However, when she repents, I do my best to forgive her, although this forgiveness takes time. It is encouraging to see a verse like this at a time where I really need to see it; i really needed a biblical reminder of the responsibility I have as A child of the Lord. Praise God for his grace!!!
May the Lord’s love wash over you and give you strength to forgive. Also Lord Jesus, give Rachel wisdom to know where and how to set healthy boundaries with her mom.
2 chronicles has been a lot to retain for me. As I read, I am able to understand it and it helps when I take notes in plot/message. Is it bad if all these names (Asa, Jehoshaphat, azaziah, jeohoidah, Joash, amaziah, jotham, etc) are confusing me? I find it really hard to remember who they all are without reverting back to my notes..
I think it’s great that you’re taking notes! Anyone who remembers all this without taking notes or having read it loads of times before has a super sponge brain
Over the prophet reminds the people of Israel not to take too much out on those from Judah they were taking captive (as a part of Gods plan), and says Surely, do you not have transgressions of your own? And Israel listened. As I censure others, even if just in my own mind, I forget I too have transgressed. I should remember mercy and forgiveness, the same of which has been granted to me in Christ. In Luke Jesus says if someone sins against you even 7 times for the same sin, and repents 7 times, forgive him. Not optional!
To the single leper he says ‘your faith has made you well.’ Firstly, the fact that he came back to thank Jesus caused Jesus to applaud his faith. We often just think of ‘faith’ in terms of belief that he is who he says he is, but I think Jesus is saying that it’s so much more than that. Faith isn’t simply belief in his existence, true faith is having a humble heart, a grateful heart – a heart that WORSHIPS God, just as we were created to do. Faith is having the right attitude when it comes to all things God. Secondly, Jesus says that his faith has made him well AFTER he had been healed. Which makes me think that the man’s expression of thanks, pointing back to Jesus and not indulging in the pleasures of victory but giving glory to God (as I mentioned yesterday), made his SOUL well. It made him right with God. True wellness. The rest indulged in the pleasures of victory by not bothering to come back to give Jesus glory, so although the they may have received physical wellness, they still didn’t have spiritual wellness. And as we know, that’s the only wellness that really matters, eternal wellness, which I think is what Jesus was saying. Sorry if that’s convoluted!! I got a bit excited!! I love God!!
I love this Susie! I want to be well from the inside out – even when God changes my circumstances, my joy will not be complete until I have praised him for it!!!!
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I have a court date tomorrow for the custody of my son. I have been praying that the judgment is just and right, the the Lord give me patience, peace, and strength through this trial. My boy had been back with me for 3 weeks now and is back to wanting to pray, to go to church, and to read the bible with me. Whereas he didn’t want anything to do with it before he came 3 weeks ago. Please pray that everything goes to Gods plan tomorrow, so that I may bring my son back to the Lord so that he may know Him. Jesus’ name. Amen.
Praying for you! May He work it all out on your behalf for the glory of God!
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