Luke 17:3-4 (ESV) Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
It led to a very interesting conversation. Over a cup of coffee, the conversation turned to what took more courage: to ask for forgiveness or to forgive when one apologized. Today's verse speaks of forgiveness and how we need to pay attention to ourselves. The key of conversation turned when we began to discuss the difference between the reason behind the apology. If it is heartfelt and leads to a change of behavior, then the apology is accepted, but if it is an "off the cuff" apology, then the forgiving takes more courage to accept because we know it will most likely happened again. When we ask God to forgive are we doing it with an honest heart or is there a part of us that knows we will do it again? It always comes down to choice. Remember how we forgive is how we are forgiven. Let's pay attention to our heart!
Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
Family Devotion: Read this chapter with your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them and discuss. Pray with them.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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