Forgiveness and Humility a lesson from Yeshua to His Disciples, Matthew 18Biblical Living . Prayer Challenge
For several months now, God has been having me learn from the book of Matthew. It has been a process of studying and restudying, and learning to apply these truths from my Messiah to my life. The book of Matthew is full of Yeshua teaching His disciples how to live God’s Way. The disciples knew the teachings of Torah, they knew the teachings of the elders and Pharisees, they knew the law of the land, but what Yeshua was teaching them while He walked with them daily, was how to put the greatest commandment into action daily. He was showing them in word and deed how to live like someone who loves Yehovah God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love others.
Just when I think I understand and have really taken hold of one of the lessons in Matthew, Yeshua shows me a knew understanding in the Word, and He reveals hidden things in my own heart. Today, is one of those days. I am in chapter 18 of Matthew.
“Be careful not to perform your righteous acts before men to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
So when you give to the needy, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their full reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
And later in Matthew 23, Yeshua again teaching His disciples says don’t be like the Pharisees, and false leaders who are leading others astray and who are all puffed up with pride, but instead He tells them,
“The greatest among you shall be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
The people who had offended me, I was beginning to realize, they truly don’t know me, and they should not be my greatest concern. Instead, my greatest concern should be to be a disciple of my Messiah, to learn the things He taught His disciples, and to walk in those truths. I don’t need to hold on to their opinion or comments, but rather I can forgive them and let go of bitterness and allow Yehovah to humble me. It is not my job to humble anyone else. No instead Yeshua was teaching me this morning as I continue to read and reread the book of Matthew, that I must remove the log from my own eye, before I start even considering if someone else has a twig in their eye. Because mostly, that twig isn’t even there, rather it is the log blinding my vision from seeing clearly. I am no good to the body of believers if I am not daily asking for forgiveness and giving it daily as well.
You see forgiveness is hard in the body of believers, because like in a close family ,we offend one another often, sometimes daily. That is why Yeshua taught us in Matthew chapter 6 to pray,
“And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
Like the parable in Matthew 18, we can’t beg for forgiveness of our great debt from the Master, and then celebrate and praise the Master to all the people for His forgiveness of our debt, just to turn around and require those who are indebted to us to reconcile their debt immediately without any grace or forgiveness. No, if I want to be forgiven I must also forgive, for Yeshua continues in Matthew six to say,
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive yours.”
Daily I must ask for forgiveness, and daily I must give forgiveness. There is no other way to live if I want to be great in God’s Kingdom. If I truly want to be a servant of all servants, I can not Lord over others, or expect others to see and notice my work, but rather I should desire to only be seen by my Heavenly Father. This morning this is my prayer:
Father in Heaven,
Today, Forgive me my offensiveness towards others, and help me forgive those who offend me.
Remove the log that is in my eye, and clear my vision so that I might minister to the children whom you bring to me.
Humble me, and break off of me that which keeps me from loving others as your children.
Make me a servant, humble and meek, Lord, let me lift of those who are weak.
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