Forgiveness: The Only Way to Live
Jesus loved to tell stories. His stories were not designed to give answers, however, as much as to ask questions.
His parables forced people to think and act.
In the setting of the Parable that Jesus is about to teach He is talking about relationships.
He is discussing the fact that in relationships people who love each other and are even brothers can often hurt and offend one another.
Offenses happen in life!
He is trying to show the way to repair such offenses.
15 "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16 But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that `every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
He is giving a patter for working out offenses.
1. Go to him and try to work it out!
2. If it is isn't resolved then take two or three witnesses.
3. And ultimately if that doesn't work bring it to the attention of elders or leadership and if he refuses to deal with the issue then treat him as you would a pagan.
4. Pray for him that his soul would be set right!
Then building on that foundation He continued:
18 "I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
Unforgivness has a binding power and forgiveness has a releasing power.
How many people have been bound to their past by unforgivness?
Alcoholic father - you become an alcoholic
That which you are bound to you become like!
Abusive partner in marriage you attach yourself to one again
19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for ...
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