Sin = rebuke
Repent = forgive
How many times do we do this? Every time! This is a hard teaching. On the one hand, we grow tired of rebuking and resort to, “Well that’s just who they are.” On the other hand, after so many times of forgiving someone we adopt a cultural idea of, “Wrong me once, shame on you. Wrong me twice, shame on me.” The focus here is on restoration. When someone is off their mark we need to restore them. Sometimes restoring someone means we have to risk our relationships and our pride. Confronting someone often kills relationship but it can save their soul. We have to decide which we care more about, our relationship with them or their relationship with God. Constantly forgiving someone takes swallowing your pride and taking up your cross for that person.
A question that came to mind from this section, is our forgiveness for a person’s actions dependent on them repenting of it? Another way of asking…Is it possible to forgive too quickly?
In recognizing the sacrifice that comes with this kind of relationship with people, we stand with the apostles and say, “Increase our faith!”
Ten With Leprosy
“When we begin to glimpse the reality of God, the natural reaction is to worship him. Not to have that reaction is a fairly sure sign that we haven’t yet really understood who he is or what he’s done.” – N.T. Wright, Simply Christian – Chapter 11
This quote out of the book Simply Christian came to mind as I read the story of the man who returned to worship. In what ways have you been like the other nine, receiving the blessings but not having the natural response of worship? What does it take to become the one whose natural response is to worship?
Don’t Get Taken!
The Kingdom of God is within you (v21). You cannot see it but you can be part of it. You can take it with you. You can share it with others. The Kingdom of God in the end is what will be left when all is taken away. When the Son of Man comes, it will be like the flood taking away the evil from the world. When the Son of Man comes, it will be like the days of Lot, fire and sulfur rained down and took them all. When the Son of Man comes, don’t look back or you will be like Lot’s wife. Whoever tries to keep their lives will be taken but whoever freely gives up their lives will be left. When the Son of Man comes, those who are evil will be taken and those who are good will be left behind to inherit the earth.
The context of this passage says that you want to be “Left Behind.” – Sorry LaHaye and Jenkins!