Thursday, September 29, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 28

So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’  But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed.

Matthew 18:29-30

Fake forgiveness is a foul-smelling thing.  Never second guess the forgiveness of God, it is always true and real.  Rather, question your own reception of His forgiveness.  Forgiveness is fake, not because God isn’t always right and real, but because we aren’t real and right about it.  Fake forgiveness lives in and on those who have fake sorrow, shame, and surrender.  Fake forgiveness belongs to fake believers who have all the right words but can’t produce the right works, or actions.  There’s no real power in something that is fake.  Fake forgiveness isn’t something God gives us, it’s something we give ourselves.  When we have God’s real and powerful forgiveness in our hearts, it’s so real and so powerful we can’t keep it from coming out of our hearts into the lives of those around us.  Fake forgiveness lives in those who have a phony faith in God’s forgiveness.  Receive the real thing from God and you can release the real thing for God.  Make sense?

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