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August 10, 2020
336. Week of Twentieth Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
How often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?
          Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Seven times? - I don't say to you: Seven times, but, Seventy times seven.   Mathew 18:21,22
          Thus Peter asked, and thus the Saviour answered him. Hence we must again and again be ready to forgive with all our heart, actually to forgive. How often does God forgive us who sin against Him? Daily and richly. It cannot be counted. We always sin against God, and God always forgives us. How often does our brother, our fellow-Christian, sin against us? It is as nothing compared with our innumerable offences against God. Again and again we should be ready to forgive with all our heart, actually to forgive. Should we sinners be less ready to forgive than the holy God Himself? Should we, who could not live and be happy without the forgiveness which God grants us, refuse to forgive others? Why, then we would fully deny the spirit of faith, then we would have lost our faith, then we ourselves could no longer look to God for forgiveness. The Saviour teaches us to pray: "And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us," and says: "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matt. 6:14,15) No one can remain a Christian who places himself in opposition to this word of the Saviour and refuses to forgive. Oh indeed, for flesh and blood it is difficult and often impossible to forgive, to forgive from our whole heart. But haven't we been born again? Should the old Adam rule within us? No, the new man must live and rule. And we want to forgive, forgive again and again. My dear Christian, take this well to heart! It is a most serious matter.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, again I come to You for help. Help me against my sin-corrupted flesh and blood! Help the new man within me! Grant that I may always be ready to forgive from my whole heart if any man sins against me a sinner. By Your Holy Spirit make Your clear command a power within me! Preserve me in Your grace! Amen.

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August 10, 2020