If you read the DIG yesterday you would have seen how I answered the question about the order of forgiveness with regards to what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount.
I said He was speaking to Jews pre-cross, therefore not speaking literally to you as a believer living under grace.
This is not good enough for some people, who have the attitude that if Jesus said it we do it.
They however seem to change their stance when I point them to another section of the Sermon on the Mount.
Jesus said we should pluck out our eye and cut of our right hand if they “offend thee” (Matthew 5 v 29 and 30).
Now I don’t know anyone who has never taken something that did not belong to them or never looked lustfully at another person.
Yet I do not see many one eyed and one-handed Christians in church!
Jesus is speaking in pictures during this discourse, with the main picture being that man can never uphold the law in their own strength.
He is saying we can never do these things on our own; we cannot forgive all others, we cannot live a sinless life.
He is “raising the bar” even higher with regards to the standards of behaviour expected under the law.
For example even thinking about adultery is now an offence (Matthew 5 v 27 and 28).
Jesus is showing we can never live up to the law, hence the need for a Saviour, He is not meaning for us to take these things literally.
We cannot pick and choose; if you think you have to forgive others before God will forgive you, you really should pluck out your eye and cut of your hand.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been forgiven for all my sin through the shedding of the blood of Jesus”.
Ephesians 4 v 32…..And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you