If You Forgive Others

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - If - Matthew 6:14-15 - If You Forgive Others - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – Matthew 6:14-15 – If You Forgive Others – Growing As Disciples

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15 (ESV)

Forgiveness

You have said that you want to know me. You have told me that you want to be like me. Is this true? Yes, I want to know you. Yes, I want to be like you. You want to know my will and walk in my ways. You want to join me in what I am doing. Is this true as well? Yes, I want to know your will, walk in your ways and join you in what you are doing. These are very good desires that you have in your heart and on your mind. I have one more question for you. Go ahead; ask me, I’m listening. What do you think I’m doing? That seems like an impossible question. How can I possibly know what you are doing? I will ask you a different question? What have a done for you? I could answer that question a thousand different ways. You have done so much for me. However, I think you are looking for one particular answer at this moment. Yes, I am. Do you have the answer that I am looking for? I think so. You forgave my sins. Yes, I did. That is exactly the answer I was looking for. Did I forgive some of your sins or did I forgive you of all your sins? You forgave me of all my sins. Yes, that is exactly what I did for you. Once I forgave your sins what were we able to do together? We were able to live in a relationship with each other. Nothing separated us from each other. There was no longer a wall that divided us from each other. Yes, that’s right.

Now, I have another question for you. Ask, away. If you want to be like me and join me in what I am doing what will you do for others? I see where this conversation is headed. I have some barriers that exist with some people. Like who? There are people that have hurt me. I could say that they have sinned against me. I don’t really like them. I don’t want to be around them. If I never saw them again that would be just fine with me. Are you still holding on to bitterness towards them? Have you forgiven them of what they have done to you? I’m still bitter. I’m still hurt. I’m pretty sure that I haven’t forgiven them yet. This is a new day isn’t it? You no longer have to carry bitterness and unforgiveness. You can be set free from carrying that heavy burden. How is that? Oh, I’m sure that you know the answer to that question. You want me to forgive others just as you have forgiven me. Yes, I do. Is that what you want to do? Is that what you will do? Yes Lord, I will let go of bitterness and unforgiveness. I will forgive others just as you have forgiven me. I will set down the heavy burden that I have been carrying. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, thank you for forgiving me of my sins. Help me to do what you have done. Just as you have forgiven me of the sins I have committed against you so I will forgive everyone who has sinned against me. I will live in and give out your forgiveness. Amen

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My Counselors

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – Psalm 119:24 – My Counselors – Growing As Disciples

Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.  Psalm 119:24 (NIV)

Wise Counsel

Where do you go when you have a difficult decision to make? What do you rely on when you need wise counsel? Who do you turn to when you are not sure of your direction in life? Do you rely on yourself? Are you one who needs no wise counsel? Do you have an answer for every question? Do you have a solution for every problem? Are you one who never asks for directions no matter how uncertain or lost you may be? Asking for help has not come easy to me. Often times, I have tried to figure things out on my own without asking for help or seeking wise counsel. How has that worked out for you? Trying to figure things out on my own has not usually worked out so well for me. How so? Relying solely on myself has led to some very poor and costly decisions. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and suffered as a result. I’ve noticed. You may have also noticed one of my other failed strategies. I was waiting for you to mention it. Here goes. I have also sought an overabundance of counsel until I finally liked what I heard. How has that worked out for you? That hasn’t worked out so well either. Tell me about that. The world is filled with many so-called experts that are more than willing to offer their so-called wise counsel. In many cases their so-called wise counsel stands in direction opposition to your will and your ways. I’m sure that my following their worldly counsel has not been pleasing to you. You’re right about that.

What have you learned through all your mistakes? I have learned to seek your counsel. I have learned to come to ask for your help. I have learned to come to meet with you in your word to receive all the wise counsel that I will need in life. It is now my joy and delight to hear you speaking to me through your word. I now know that I can trust every word that you have to say to me. You are my source of wise counsel. You are my direction in life. You will guard and guide my life with your word. You will counsel me with your word. Your word stands far above any counsel that the world could ever offer me. What else have you learned? I have also learned to adjust my thinking and change my opinions whenever they are not in alignment with your word. The world and all its opinions, values and principles now mean nothing to me. Now your word means everything to me. I know that you will use your word to adjust my thinking and change my opinions. You will help me to think your thoughts, know your will and walk in your ways. Yes, I will.

Lord, there are many so-called sources of wise counsel in this world. I could run around and seek counsel from each one of them until I liked what I heard. Instead it is my joy and delight to come to you to receive wise counsel from your word. Amen

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Teach Me Your Decrees

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Knowing God – Psalm 119:9-16 – Teach Me Your Decrees – Growing As Disciples

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119:9-16 (NIV)

My Word

What do you think of my word? It is my joy to hear your word. I rejoice in hearing you speak to me. I don’t want to miss out on anything that you have to say to me. Your word is more valuable to me than any treasure that this world has to offer. Your word guards and guides my life. How is my word guarding and guiding your life? Your word is changing my heart and transforming my mind. As I meditate on your word I am able to understand what you want to teach me. As I consider your word I am able to see how you want to train me. Your word helps me to know your will. Your word helps me to think your thoughts. Your word keeps me walking in your ways. I am listening to you and following your words. Yes, you are.

How does my word keep your way pure? There is a battle going on over my mind. The word and its’ evil desires has plenty that it wants to say to me. Without your word I would be defenseless against the evil that is in the world. I would think and act according to all that it has to say to me. Your word puts your thoughts and ways in my heart and mind. Your word stands against the words that are of this world. I want your word in my life. I hunger for your word. I delight in your word. Your word pushes the thoughts and words of this world out of my heart and mind. I can’t think two sets of words at one time. Either your word or the world’s words will rule my heart and my mind. Your word cleanses and scrubs the words from the world out of my heart and my mind. Hearing your word gives me a burning desire to live my life for you. I don’t want to stray. I don’t want to wander. I want to follow everything you are saying to me with your word. Yes, you do.

Will you continue in my word? Will you let my word dwell in you? I will meditate on your word. I will treasure your word. I will live my life according to your word. I will rejoice in your word. I will put your word into practice as I follow you. Yes, you will.

Lord, I will hide your word in my heart. Guard and guide my life with your word. I will meditate on your word so I can understand all you want to teach me. Thank you for the great riches I am receiving as I meet with you in your word. Amen

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