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The master felt sorry for his servant, freed him, and canceled his debt.
Mt18:27


Forgiveness does not cancel obligation.

Application
The fisherman was tired and frustrated after having spent much time fishing with little success. Then he landed on shore and met Jesus for the first time. That was the beginning of a relationship that even with its ups and downs, elevated Peter to a leader of God's people. This in spite of a man we equate with having a permanent "foot in his mouth." Time after time Jesus forgave Peter's transgressions until Jesus looked at him standing by the fire with the rooster crowing. This time however, there was no conversation, for the Lord was on his way to crucifixion, death and burial. If the story ended there, it would be sad, but Jesus arose from the dead and then appeared to Peter who was fishing, where he'd found him the first time. It was then he told Peter, "Feed my sheep," a reminder that obligation doesn't end when we mess up, but should intensify.

How to pray this truth...

Resources:
Why should God listen to us when we won't listen to Him? (2001)
How to make a mother happy. (2002)
Are you preaching something your life doesn't confirm? (2003)
God's blessing is not always positive, but it's always good. . (2004)
It's easy to get off track when we take our eyes off Jesus. (2005)
We shouldn't seek God's forgiveness when we fail to forgive others. (2006)
Devotional (2007)
Devotional (2008)

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