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<< Thursday, August 16, 2001 >> St. Stephen of Hungary
 
Joshua 3:7-10, 11, 13-17
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Psalm 114 Matthew 18:21 —19:1
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JESUS TEACHES MORE ON FORGIVENESS

 
"Lord, when my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him?" —Matthew 18:21, our transl.
 

Today, Jesus teaches us many things about forgiveness:

  1. Forgiveness pertains only to sins. We forgive sins; we overlook faults, shortcomings, and weaknesses.
  2. By God's grace, we must forgive 70 x 7, that is, indefinitely (Mt 18:22).
  3. God's kingdom "is like" forgiveness (Mt 18:23). It is essential in God's plan.
  4. The debt of our sins is very great (see Mt 18:24). God's forgiving us of this debt should lead us to forgive others (Mt 18:33).
  5. When we are not forgiving, we make our lives slavery, a prison, and torture (Mt 18:25, 30, 34).
  6. Forgiveness can be feigned. Fake forgiveness is expressed only in externals. We must forgive from our hearts (Mt 18:35).

Right now, by the Lord's grace, make the decision to forgive everyone for every sin committed against you. Forgive by God's standards.

 
Prayer: "Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing" (Lk 23:34).
Promise: "Come here and listen to the words of the Lord, your God." —Jos 3:9
Praise: Though in the high position of king, St. Stephen made certain he was accessible to the poor and oppressed and strove for justice in their treatment.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, February 13, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 20, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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