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Word of Reconciliation

Review (Matthew 18)
Who is the greatest? Unless you humble yourselves and become like this little child... Clinging to offenses entraps us. Priorities about what is most valuable. Living independent outside of covenant.

Seven Sevens in the Bible
Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21-22)

Just how many times are we supposed to initiate this process?
How much effort must I put out to stay in this covenant relationship with those around me?”
Just how valuable is the covenant to us anyway? If we think there is a limit to how many times we need to forgive, then we are setting artificial boundaries beyond which we will refuse to go in our little imitation kingdom.
Living in this kingdom requires unlimited grace, unlimited forgiveness, unlimited love and freedom from all offenses and resistance.

Grappling with Forgiveness

I am grappling more and more with this issue of forgiveness and how it fits into the process of salvation. Maybe that is a mistake in itself as maybe I am trying to distill out a formula rather than allow that different people likely have to experience things from different directions. I don't know. But at least for myself I do find it helpful to organize ideas, to discover the alignments between them and the directions they lead me to help make more sense out of things.
It is starting to appear to me that possibly forgiveness may be one of the very first steps in setting us on the path toward reconciliation with God. I am seeing that forgiveness is actually letting go of the resistance inherent in offenses, that the very act of letting go itself removes the greatest barrier that prevents God from drawing us to Himself. Since I have come to realize that it is not forgiveness in God's heart that we need – He is never holding any grudges against us and never has – what I really…

Fully Reverse the Curse

My own sermon yesterday is coming back to convict me personally. I presented strong arguments along the line of our need to fully reverse the curse with at least as much forgiveness as there has been offense. Forgiveness is the only solvent that can neutralize the hardness caused by offenses. The resistance to letting go of offenses is the greatest danger for our souls, for that very resistance if not released and flushed out of our systems will be the fuel for the fires of hell whenever we become exposed to the powerful current of God's passionate love and forgiveness.
How is the Spirit applying this to my own heart? I have become aware over the years of the immense reservoir of rage that yet resides deep inside of me threatening at any provocation to burst out like a volcano and destroy my life, my reputation and my credibility as a truthful witness for the truth about God. I have long been intimidated by this reservoir buried deep beneath the surface of my adult life. Sometime…