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How often should we forgive?

Then Peter came to him and said, “Lord how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him?

Matthew 18:21.

How many times we should forgive someone is something that troubled Peter and each of us wrestles with as well. Jesus answered Peter and us, through a parable. (Matt.18:22-35).

The lesson is that, those who’ve received great forgiveness should also extend forgiveness. We received great forgiveness at the cross. Our sin was forgiven at the personal expense of Jesus.

When we recognize this, when we see the great forgiveness God has poured out for us, it enables us to extend forgiveness to others. We shouldn’t draw the line.

Let’s focus on the cross as God’s unconditional standard for forgiveness. He didn’t draw the line when we wronged him, and we’ve no right to draw any lines when others wrong us. Amen.

God bless abundantly!

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Five lessons from the parable of the growing seed

“And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Mark 4:26-29.

God’s Word has the power to transform. When we are transformed, we embrace the image of God in us. We become better able to see ourselves in His perspective, not in our limited and narrow lens. 

From the above scriptures, we can learn the following lessons.

  • Have a prepared heart

You must prepare your heart before you sow the word because a stony heart will not retain the seed. You must get rid of the nature of sin and satan, which is death, and take on the nature of God which is life, through salvation by believing in Jesus Christ. It is hard for a dead heart to receive the word of life because the dead things inside will choke the word.

  • Sow the seed

Put God’s word in your heart. Meditate the word; make it more real in your life. We need to get to the place where God’s Word is real and He’s greater than any situation we’re going through.

  • Have faith that the seed will germinate

On many occasions, we put the seed of the word in our hearts for a while but if it doesn’t germinate almost immediately, we dig it up through our negative words and actions.  Then we wonder why it didn’t work. 

It isn’t our duty to know how the seed is germinating; God knows how. The seed must remain in the ground over time to germinate. In the same way, God’s Word has to abide in us. The word must be mixed with faith for it to work. Faith involves positive confessions and actions in line with God’s Word. (John 15:7-8).

  • Be patient

There are different stages of growth. Many people are impatient, wanting to bypass some stages and get the full-grain right now. God will not give the full-grain if you haven’t seen the blade first. Beware of satan’s quick fixes—glitters masquerading as gold. The faster they appear, the sooner they disappear.

In a world where early achievers are so opulently awarded, it’s hard to maintain confidence if your process is slower and more intentional—especially when others have hope in you. However, never let your confidence be replaced by self-doubt. Endure the process until the fruit ripens.

  • Harvest when the grain ripens

Don’t take the task of harvesting as difficult. Harvest without compromising, because this is the season you longed for. Enjoy God’s blessings to the fullest. Be a blessing to others also.

“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”

Acts 20:32.

God’s Word is powerful in our lives. It has everything in it we will ever need. God has provided everything through Jesus. All we have to do is by faith, to take the seeds of the word and sow them in our hearts through reading it, meditating on it, and letting it take root in our spirits.

Then, we must appreciate and be patient with each phase of growth, knowing that each phase is significant since it leads to the next. As we do that, we’ll be fruitful in our ministries, businesses, studies, relationships—all dimensions of life. We’ll also be strong enough to withstand the storms in our lives. Amen.

Stay blessed! 

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Now is the time to do what matters

Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them; but He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also because for this purpose I have been sent.”

Luke 4:42–43.

I hope we can learn from Jesus who valued His purpose to the extent that he couldn’t waste an iota of valuable time with the crowd. He used His time wisely and responsibly since He was determined to fulfil His purpose no matter what.

My friends, it is up to us to make our purposes alive and fruitful in the present moment. Now is the moment to sow quality seeds in our lives and those of others before we want to enjoy the fruits and the shade.

Now is the time to give our best where we are planted. I hope you take today as the most significant gift and do the things that matter to you. God will take care of the process and the results. Amen.

Stay blessed!