“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them” (Luke 17:3-4).
Yesterday were chapters 17 and 18 of reading a chapter of Luke each day until Christmas (I got a day behind). I came across this teaching. Jesus said to His disciples, “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them” (Luke 17:3-4). Jesus speaks of confrontation, repentance, and forgiveness.
Today was chapter 19 of reading a chapter of Luke each day until Christmas. Sharing from my concordance below something, among the many things right now, which have been on my heart. I recognize that I must continue to grow and change, even if that change means stepping into uncomfortable circumstances. Fortunately, I am not alone, even when I misstep, even when I am unsure, even when friends and loved ones turn on me, and they will, but God is my refuge and my advocate. Life is a short journey, and Heaven is my destination. I will continue to try to set right my wrongs the best I am able, and repent, as the Spirit convicts me. God is faithful. Beware of bad yeast.
Second Cleansing of the Temple (19:45, 46)
When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
Jesus had cleansed the temple at the outset of His public ministry (John 2:14–17). Now as His ministry rapidly drew to a close, He entered the sacred precincts and cast out those who were making a house of prayer into a den of thieves. The danger of introducing commercialism into the things of God is always present. Christendom today is leavened by this evil (i.e. the yeast): Church bazaars and socials, organized financial drives, preaching for profit—and all in the Name of Christ.
Christ quoted Scripture (Isa. 56:7 and Jer. 7:11) to support His action. Every reformation of abuses in the church is to be built on God’s Word.
I don’t support basing entire beliefs and doctrines on cherry picked verses at the expense of context, but the pursuit of context isn’t an excuse to add to, or take away from, scripture, in order to make the Word fit our desires, no matter how sincere those desires may seem. We can’t serve God and expect to have peace with the world (John 15:18-19).
The whole business of not being able to please two masters ain’t just about money. Make sure the Jesus you invited into your heart isn’t really a golden calf. Forget the elephant, there’s a golden calf in the room, and it’s how Matthew 7:23 happens.
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