The Ways of Man

                           The Wicked Ways of Men

If we don't forgive, we won't be forgiven. In the Lord's Prayer, 
we are taught to pray 'forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.' 
Matthew 6:14,15 - Mark 11:25 & 26 - Luke 6:37 – Luke 11:4 – 
Luke 17:3 & 4 and in 2nd Corinthians 2:1-11. 

Paul talks about forgiveness and Satan's devices.

So, you see how important forgiveness is in the life and spiritual health 
of the believer! We need to be aware that we need to avoid temptations that we know we are weak in. Satan is the liar, thief and destroyer. James 1:12-17 Says this: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (13) Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: (14) But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (16) Do not err, my beloved brethren. (17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

We all know what temptation is, but did you know it is as subtle as the sin of pride? Where does pride come from and how 
does it work. How easy is it to be puffed up, to think I am better than that person or smarter? Pride causes us to think that we may even be more holy than others. When we are too proud to forgive, thinking that we are right and they are wrong, 
where does that leave us?

Peter came to the Lord thinking he would impress him by overstating what he thought was more than an adequate amount in forgiveness and he asked Jesus in Matthew 18:21 …Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? (22) Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Right after those verses starting in Matthew 18:23 is the parable of the servant who owed his master ten-thousand talents, at the end, his servant wouldn't forgive his fellow servant of a hundred pence, and what was the outcome? That wicked servant was delivered to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due to him. This my friend, is a parallel picture of what we will suffer if we do not forgive men…God will deliver us to the tormentors and 
we will pay the highest cost.
My hope for you is that you have had a prayer of salvation,
and if you haven't and you want to ask Christ into your heart and life,
then I offer these words for you to repeat,
but only if your heart is sincere,
because God knows it if you're not.

Dear God, I now know I have needed you and have
rejected your calling, so today, right now, 
I ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart and my life, 
and forgive me from all past sin and Lord cleanse me 
from my unrighteousness. I believe that Jesus was 
crucified for my sin, died, and was buried according 
to the scriptures. I want you forever more to be 
my guide and I want to follow you as a believer. 
I ask for your strength to change my heart and 
my earthly ways so that I can become a better 
child in your kingdom. Show me how to depend 
on you in all things. And show me how to do 
your will in my life. I thank you and pray this 
prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

May 5th, 2009 - 9 rev.