Day 17 and Chapter 17 of Luke – from the heart.
Forgiveness – as defined in the 1828 Websters Dictionary-
1. The act of forgiving; the pardon of an offender, by which he is considered and treated as not guilty. The forgiveness of enemies is a christian duty.
2. The pardon or remission of an offense or crime; as the forgiveness of sin or of injuries.
3. Disposition to pardon; willingness to forgive.
And mild forgiveness intercede to stop the coming blow.
4. Remission of a debt, fine or penalty.
Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
Wow, what a picture of sin and God’s grace and mercy to continue to love us even though we fail and need forgiveness. Luke 17 is our standard on forgiveness and how we are to forgive over and over again, just as Jesus over and over again allows us to repent and forgives. How many times have you repented only to find yourself repeating the same offense. I don’t know about you but as for me, it’s daily. Today, I struggled with my tongue. Why you ask:
Psalm 37:3 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
Psalm 52:2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
Psalm 120:20 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.
Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
My standard to tame my tongue is to repent and ask for forgiveness and mediate on God’s word.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
Lord, as I struggle with my tongue and not abiding by your set of standards, I thank you and praise you for forgiving me and for giving me your words to guide me to correction. I pray you will help me remember, in times of frustration, to use these verses to tame my tongue. I want to be a shining light for others in darkness and not to hinder this by not leaning on you as my strength to help me control my tongue. Use me for your will, Lord. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
May you continue to prepare your hearts to knowing the truth about Jesus and lean not unto your own understanding but search the living word of God.
Thank you for reading day seventeen of my journey through the book of Luke.