Luke 17 2. (3-4)
If someone stumbles you, deal with it and forgive them. “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.
And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” a. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him:
When someone sins against you, you should not pretend that it never happened. You need to rebuke that brother in love. i. Love is the rule here; we obviously can’t walk around keeping a record of every little offense committed against us.
One aspect of the fruit of the Spirit is longsuffering (Galatians 5:22), and we need to be able to suffer long with the slights and petty offences that come our way in daily living. Ephesians 4:2 says that we should love with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.
Don’t be too sensitive; bear with one another. ii. But in love, when we are sinned against in a significant way, we must follow Ephesians 4:15 as the pattern: we need to speak the truth in love. Love isn’t going to other people about it; love isn’t bottling it up inside of you.
Love is getting it straight with the person who sinned against you. b. If he repents, forgive him: This is the challenge from Jesus. There is no other option given. When the person who offended you repents, you must forgive them.
i. What do we do with the person who has never repented? Do we forgive them? Even if relationship cannot be restored because no common mind is arrived at, we can still choose to forgive them on our part, and wait for a work of God in their life for the restoration of relationship. ii. Clearly – especially in light of the words that follow – Jesus did not intend here to narrow our focus of forgiveness.
If anything, His intent was to broaden our work of forgiveness. He wasn’t giving us a reason to not forgive or to be less forgiving. c. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, “I repent,” you shall forgive him: This indicates that we are not permitted to judge another’s repentance.
If someone had sinned against me seven times in a day, and kept asking me to forgive them, I might think that they were not really sincere. Yet Jesus commands me to still forgive them and restore them.
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Praying Body and Soul – Anthony deMello
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C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity
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