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Jesus & His Disciples

“At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his Lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the Lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their Lord all that was done. Then his Lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his Lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”


Forgiveness is not forgetting

Forgiveness is best known by remembering the offense and making the conscious decision or choice to move on.

~ Dr. Kenneth Foy Sr.

Note: Forgiveness does not require reconciliation, but we are required and therefore command to forgive!

"Bear with each other and

forgive one another

if any of you has a grievance

against someone.

Forgive as

the Lord forgave you."

Colossians 3:13

The three types of forgiveness are:

exoneration, ~ means that the slate is completely wiped clean and the relationship is fully restored to its previous sense of innocence.

•forbearance ~ Thus forbearance is the putting up with the wrongs of another for a season with a view toward repentance. It is a manifestation of grace.

•and release~ is the lowest level of forgiveness and applies to situations in which the person who hurt you has never acknowledged any wrongdoing.

Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness!


“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”


Today's Word:

“‘You also were with Jesus of Galilee.’ He denied it with an oath, ‘I do not know the Man!’ ‘Surely you also are one of them’ … He began to curse and swear. Immediately a rooster crowed. He went out and wept bitterly.” – Matthew 26:69-75

Peter must have felt like a complete failure. Just hours earlier, he confidently told Jesus, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You” (v. 35). Then just a brief time later, he did this very thing, denying Jesus three times in very public settings. He even swore that he did not know Him.

It was a devastating moment. After realizing what he had done, Peter “went out and wept bitterly.” This could have been the defining moment of his life. He could have given up and concluded that Jesus never would be able to forgive or use him again.

This same Peter became the rock of the church, used by God in mighty ways. He preached before thousands of people on the day of Pentecost, boldly declared the Word (Acts 2:14-36), fearlessly appeared before rulers, rejected compromise, and declared the truth of the Gospel (Acts 4:8-12).

As you think about your life, you may have made mistakes. You may feel like a failure. You may have said or done things that displeased God. The Bible tells us that no matter what you have done, God can give you a fresh start. If you confess your sins, God promises to forgive you (1 John 1:9).

To not forgive someone for something they did is an attitude of arrogance and not humility, because all have done wrong and have fallen short of the Glory of GOD!

~Dr. Kenneth Foy Sr.

Right now, stand on God’s Word. Allow Him to set you free and begin anew. Let Him give you a clean slate!

Reflection Question:

What sins do you need to confess today?


Father, I confess my need for You. Forgive my sins. Thank You for Your power, forgiveness, and the opportunity to begin anew. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Bible Verses About Forgiveness

- Read Scriptures that offer biblical guidance on forgiveness and how important it is to forgive others as we have been forgiven by the blood of Christ. With the grace and mercy shown to us, we are always able to start new with God. When we repent, we are given full forgiveness of our sins because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Forgiveness in the Bible

The Bible emphasizes forgiveness as a fundamental aspect of Christian faith. In both the Old and New Testaments, God is portrayed as merciful and forgiving, encouraging believers to seek forgiveness and extend it to others. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ teaches the importance of forgiving others, as seen in the Lord's Prayer, where believers ask for forgiveness as they forgive those who trespass against them. The parable of the Unforgiving Servant further underscores the reciprocal nature of forgiveness, highlighting the expectation for believers to show mercy to others just as they have received mercy from God. Forgiveness is central to the biblical message, promoting reconciliation, compassion, and the transformative power of God's grace.

Top Bible Verses about Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:32 - Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Mark 11:25 - And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Matthew 18:21-22 - Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Matthew 6:14-15 - For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Luke 6:37 - “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

Colossians 3:13 - Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Matthew 6:12 - And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Acts 2:38 - And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:7 - In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

To better understand why God commands us to forgive and why it's so critical to be able to forgive,

You must search and implement the laws of God and his holy scriptures to your everyday lifestyle in order to gain your benefits and liberties in this cruel and unusual, wicked world 🌎

Think of it like this!

You will not receive any payment’s.

Until your work is done and completed in Christ Jesus!

Just as we perform work on a (secular job)

in our natural lives, in expectation of being compensated.

We must also remember that it’s just as important to perform and do the work in our spiritual lives.

A man or woman that does not work, does not eat!

Word Up!!

A Prayer for Forgiveness: "Father, please forgive me when I allow anger and bitterness to fill my heart because I refuse to forgive someone who has hurt me. Teach me how to lay down my rights and choose to forgive in the same way You have forgiven me." (Mary Southerland)

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