QT 21/01/2024 Sunday Matthew 18. Forgive and try to forget. 饶恕、忘记。

QT 21/01/2024 Sunday Matthew 18. Forgive and try to forget. 饶恕、忘记。

QT 21/01/2024 Sunday Matthew 18

A childlike heart is required to enter the kingdom of heaven. Unless a person changes and does "become like little children", "you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 18:3).

REFLECTION (1): How can I receive MERCY if I feel I am RIGHT and justified and NOT WRONG, all the time? (Realistically, none of us is perfect)

REFLECTION (2): Did I cause any of the little ones to sin? Jesus notes its seriousness and the disgust He has for this by commenting that it is better off to hang a large millstone around that person who causes that sin and "be drowned in the depths of the sea" (Matt 18:6).

APPLICATION (1): Indeed, every single person is precious and is under the watchful protection of the heavenly Father (Matt 18:10-14). To avoid stumbling others, Jesus mandated that our own sins be dealt with ruthlessly (Matt 18:7-9).

Matt 18:15-19 discloses a PROCEDURE for handling disputes and discipline. The frequently overlooked step is step 1 of 3: "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother" ((Matt 18:15). Many skip to step 2 or step 3 directly. This is not helpful and might even cause irreparable damage to the community.

APPLICATION (2): If others wrong you, Matt 18:15 reminds you NOT to wait for them. Instead, go and tell him his fault.

Lastly, the unforgiving person would not be shown mercy by the heavenly Father (Matt 18:33) because we owe the heavenly Father MORE THAN what others owe us (Matt 18:21-33)!

APPLICATION (3): Forgive and try to forget and move on. Why punish yourself by insisting on wallowing in the mud when others have moved on to "party" happily?

星期日 2024年1月21日 今日读经:马太福音18章