Text: Luke 17 (Numbers 3-4)
Jesus brought both righteousness and mercy to earth. In Him we see the holy perfection of God, and by His blood we receive the mercy we need to be forgiven our unrighteousness. Truth and love. When we belong to Jesus, we are called to both – to be righteous and to be merciful:
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” (Luke 17:3-4)
Have you ever gotten fed up with someone as they just cannot seem to stop messing up? Maybe they even sin against you directly. Our upward calling in Christ is to lead righteous lives, together in community. When we fail and sin (not if, but when) it is our blessing to be rebuked by our peers. A rebuke for sin is actually the sweet call to return to the love of Jesus. When we respond in repentance, the Lord always forgives. Always. And so must we. And we are to have an inexhaustible supply of forgiveness. Jesus does.
in Him, Mike