The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
In addition to these:
The three major keys to success for Noah were:
- Noah made his choice
- Noah listened to no other voice
- Noah set his face like flint and stayed the course.
Forgiveness is what Noah represents to us and for our life. Without forgiveness and second chances we could never fail or fall and get back up and try again.
Noah represents New Life! New Starts! And New Hope! Never give up!
Where there is breath there is hope.
"But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." 1Corinthians 15:10
Hmm, is it all worth it? This is the sentiment of some after a number of years in the ministry. Some have reflected on some old-time phrases to explain their thoughts, phrases such as, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." This phrase goes along with, "I'll believe it when I see it!" Both of these phrases are a reflection of the condition of faith an individual has. Remember, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6 There are some better phrases that we can use to explain some situations, such as, "A living Dog is better than a dead lion." Ecclesiastes 9:4 and,
"While there is breath there is hope." "The cup is half full and not half empty!" Hope is a must have, without hope there is despair. It's all in how we look at things. Is it worth it? Yes, absolutely! What you are doing to help others and to help Jesus has a great reward!
Never give up! No matter how bad things look!
"In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury." Proverbs 14:23