Scriptural Readings: Genesis 33:10; Matthew 13:15; Matthew 18: 23-35
The reality we see right now is that hatred is dominating around the globe. We can say for sure that love is definitely missing when people from their very own country starts mass fleeing. When someone shoots randomly killing many, there should be a reason why such an act was done. We should ask ourselves why is hatred is being acquired easily like a virus today.
And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.
“No please,” said Jacob. If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God.
This is the part that Jacob was really scared to death and made some strategies on how to deal with his brother Esau only to end what it should be, forgiveness.
What is the feeling if we have these words “…for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God….?
As a Christian to see God’s face is the thing that we are longing for. Right? Being and having in the presence of God is like the same as having our own selves in heaven. These words from Jacob is something not only powerful but divine as well. We can only be truly freed from guilt if we will be forgiven therefore restoring our relationship with God and this also means that God can let us have all the things He wants us to have and perhaps even seeing Him face to face!
If we have ideas of happiness based on something or somethings and not based on what God has for us instead, we are having only the second best. It is better that we see happiness something like as loads of hatreds being lifted from us. If this happens to us, it is not really difficult to see God’s face. Now we can freely say that I have seen God!
It is a lot easier for us to hurt someone and sometimes it would take forever to heal. As Christians, if we hurt someone, this is the most difficult thing for us to deal with(I am not an exemption, by the way!). Forgiveness floods us with God’s love.
God is Love. Love is the one that drives us to forgive someone. The conviction from the Holy Spirit. It is God’s Spirit telling us practicing love to its final and ultimate meaning. This is happiness in its purest and unadulterated essence.
For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.
Most us are hurting today. If our hearts are hardened, how can we understand them. We cannot fully hear what they say. They are longing for love and we are totally blind on this. We need God! We need Jesus Christ for the healing!
Matthew 18: 23-35
v. 23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
v.24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
v.25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
v.26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
v.27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
v.28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
v.29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
v.30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
v.31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
v.32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
v.33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
v.34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
v.35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Yes, it is really difficult for anyone to forgive someone but if this is the only thing that would restore us the relationship between us and God then, we have no choice. Option is not an option for us Christians and that is why God sent His son restoring our relationship to the Father. God did not have options on restoring our relationship with Him. He forgave us. He has forgiven us. He is the only way. There is no other truth than this. He healed us and brought us back our lives to the Father and this is now the pure and unadulterated happiness we are looking and longing for.
Heavenly Father, we always fall into having an unforgiving heart and it is always difficult for us to forgive. Let your love embrace us through your Son Jesus. Lord Jesus come into our lives and continue to change us to the person You want us to be. Holy Spirit, empower us that we might continue the works of our Lord Jesus Christ and experience what truly happiness is. In his Mighty name we pray! Amen.