God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Thursday, March 31, 2011

70 times 70

Lent with the Lord's Prayer 

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Matthew 6:12
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26 "The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' 27 The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28 "But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded. 29 "His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' 30 "But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32 "Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' 34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart." Matthew 18:21-34
As we journey through the Lord’s Prayer, we ask to be forgiven as we have forgiven others. But how do we do this. When Peter asks Jesus how often we are to forgive Jesus tells him the parable of the unmerciful servant. A servant is brought before the king who he owes a debt to. The master ordered that his whole family be sold to pay the debt. But he asks for time. The master cancels everything. The servant leaves and runs into someone who owes him and does not show the same forgiveness. The master learns of this and it does not go well. No an easy parable to understand. For which is it does God forgives and then punishes. So are we to forgive for fear of punishment or are we to forgive because God’s first inclination is to forgive us. For the parable implies that we are to forgive 70 times 70, we are to forgive into infinity. As a practice this lent how can you show the forgiveness that you have received from the master. Can you let go this lent and let forgiveness pour from you?

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