In this chapter, we learn why forgiving is so important!
But first, let’s take a look at the other parts of Matthew’s 9th chapter.
Matthew telly us how Jesus kept on healing people.
Jesus healed a paralytic for example, again just by speaking a word.
He then went to eat with Matthew, a tax collector.
Upon hearing that, other sinners joined Jesus.
Righteous people saw Jesus eating with sinners, and they wondered why Jesus would do that.
Do you know what Jesus said?
Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.
– Jesus Christ
With those words, Jesus means that it’s the sinners who need his presence.
Jesus is right: The healthy ones don’t need a doctor!
The same applies to our soul: The healthy souls don’t need to be healed.
That’s why Jesus sat with sinners. Because he wanted to heal them, and because he knows that they need extra attention.
And the sinners knew it as well, which is why they joined Jesus.
Why forgiving is so important!
Healing and raising people from the dead is not the only important thing in this chapter.
Another very important thing is what Jesus did before the paralytic we spoke of earlier was healed.
Jesus gave him forgiveness.
The paralytic’s sins were forgiven.
How well does it feel to know that your sins are forgiven?
We have all sinned at some point in our life.
Let’s just recall John’s words:
So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
– John 8:7
We have all sinned, and yet Jesus forgives us.
We just have to repent, and our smaller sins are forgiven.
And it feels great!
But, what do you do when it’s your turn to forgive someone?
Do you also forgive others as Jesus forgives you?
Forgiveness is an important pillar of Christianity.
And yet too many don’t forgive other people – while still expecting forgiveness from the Lord at the same time!
If you want (and even expect) forgiveness, you need to learn how to forgive others.
Be a good Christian and forgive the people who did wrong to you.
We mentioned it in our earlier sermons already: Don’t hold a grudge.
Approach the person you’re arguing with, approach them calmly.
Talk about the things that annoy you, and do so without rage.
And then, we want you to forgive them.
Maybe they see their own mistakes, maybe they don’t, but when you leave, forgive them for what they have done.
Jesus wants us to forgive.
Whom did you forgive most recently? Let us know in the comments!
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