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Summary: You must for give to be forgiven.

HOW MANY OF US HAVE A HIT LIST?

I had a hit list for years 2 people were on my list when I saw them it came to my mind. Get even with them.

Matthew 18:

21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

It strange how we have a list and think about it often.

t-shirt that said, ''The last thing I want to do is hurt you...but it is still on the list.'' You either have to laugh, cry or say amen to that sentiment because we have had the list or have been on someone else's list.

Those lists exists because relationships, even relationships in the church, like everything else in this fallen world, break. We get hurt by or we hurt other people.

1. This is one of the unfortunate universal patterns of life

2. 2. It touches all us in almost every phase and every arena of life, including the church.

3. '' You either have to laugh, cry or say amen to that sentiment because we have had the list or have been on someone else's list.

21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Jesus gave us and example.

23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

Jesus knew that sinful broken people would be hurt by and would hurt other sinful and broken people. He knew we would struggle with bitterness and unforgiveness.

1. Hurting others comes naturally, some are better at it than others.

2. Just like some people seem to hurt others more easily there are also some who are more easily hurt than others. They tend to be more fragile.

The outcome of all this? Bitterness, anger and lots and lots of lists.

Jesus does not want us to carry these list yet we do.

1. I know you are perceptive and discerning enough to figure out where you are in that scenario. You know whether you are the offending party or the one carrying around bitterness and unforgiveness.

28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

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