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The Way God wants Us to Treat Others. Tuesday 3rd Week of Lent

Breakfast with the Word Tuesday Third Week of Lent Year B

Matthew 18:21-35

 

There is the way God wants us to treat others. God wants us to treat other people who come in contact with us and those we come in contact with in a certain way.

 

There are times when we remember what people did to us in the past and we feel like paying the person back with revenge. When we remember our past betrayals, hurts and what some people did to us in the past, we feel like it is good to pay them the same way.

 

It may sound okay but this is not the way God wants His children to treat others who hurt them. The gospel of Matthew 18:21-35, reveals how we are to forgive people who offend us. Essentially it also teaches us how we are to treat our fellow human beings.

 

 

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In the gospel, Peter goes up to Jesus to ask Him how often He is to forgive His brother. Hence, He proposes whether it could be seven times. Because of the number seven which signifies completion. But Jesus says it is not seven but seventy-seven times.

 

To explain more about this Jesus tells the story of a King who settles His account with his servants but when the day of reckoning came, they brought to him a man who is owing to the king up to ten thousand talents but he had no means to pay what he is owing.

 

 

The king commanded them to sell him and his family. The man pleaded to be given more time to pay because he had nothing. The master pitied his condition and cancelled all his debts. But when this servant met another servant who was him, he treated him badly and locked him up inside the prison. When the master heard about this, he became very angry and punished the servant.

 

 

The master was very angry because he forgave him and cancelled all his debt but the servant could not do the same to others. He showed him kindness but he decided to show others wickedness. Then Jesus says “this is how my heavenly Father will deal with us when we refuse to forgive others from the heart.

 

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The Way God expects Us to treat Others.

 

 

In this gospel, we have to notify a few points. Jesus tells us through this gospel that what we owe God is much more than whatever anyone is owing to us. Our sins are much heavier than whatever hurts people done to us. But despite our sinfulness, unworthiness, lack of time for God, yet He loves us, cares for us and protects us. God wants us to treat others the way He treats us. This is a summary of today’s reading.

 

If God loves You.

 

 

1.If God shows you kindness then show others too. If God cares for you, also remember to care for others. Also if He has been protecting, nurturing, and saving you, remember to do the same to others. If God has given you free air, natural resources etc, remember not to withhold your hands when you want to help others. Treat others well because God has treated you well.

 

2.Love others without limits because God loves you without limits. Forgive others from the heart because God forgives you from the heart. Care for people around you the way God has been caring for you.

 

3. This parable shows that how we treat others may be the way God is going to treat us at the end of our lives. If you can go to God and ask for forgiveness a hundred times and He forgives, then when someone comes to you and asks the same, always forgive. We do not do it for the sake of anyone but for the sake of God we worship. On the last day, it may serve as the standard for our judgement.

 

4.If couples, families, communities, states, countries, friends etc will abide by this, there will be change, there will be peace, there will be progress. Imagine a place where everyone loves and tolerates the way God does to us. Then that place can be heaven. We can create our heaven if we want. The only problem is that we decide to live in hatred, jealousy and wickedness rather than peace, forgiveness, love and unity.

Other References.

The Bible verses below will help reveal to us the way to treat others or the way God wants us to treat others. The bible says:

 

Always remain kind to one another, be tenderhearted, and forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).

 

“This is the commandment that I give you, that you love one another as I have loved you. ( John 15:12).

 

“If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is nothing but a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he always sees cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever says he loves God must also love his brother the same way. 1 John 4:20-21.

 

Today, let us resolve to forgive from the heart and treat others well.

 

May God help us to follow His word and forgive us in any way we have sinned against Him.

 

 

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33 Comments
  1. Okonkwo onyinye says

    AMEN

  2. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

  3. Boitumelo Malebatsane says

    In jesus name amen🙏

  4. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    Amen

  5. Grace Yina says

    I need your mercy oh Lord and grant us peace through Christ our Lord, Amen

  6. Judith Abuah says

    Amen …. Thanks brother n more grace

  7. Eze Juliana Nkechi says

    Amen

  8. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Bro., good morning

  9. Enibe Jacinta Amara says

    Amen

  10. Blessing Salifu says

    Amen 🙏 🙏 🙏

  11. Angela Ekere says

    Amen

  12. Agina Uchenna says

    Amen. Lord makes me an instrument of your peace, where there is hate, let your love increase.

  13. Grace Uba says

    Amen

  14. Udemezue Martina Mary says

    Amen

  15. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    Amen. Help me Lord

  16. Cordelia Agudosi says

    Amen

  17. Nnametu chioma Michelle says

    Amen and Amen 🙏🙌

  18. Nancy chizoba says

    Amen 🙏

  19. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! thank you Jesus for your word today.

  20. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen.

  21. Regina Ajua Mobu says

    Amen

  22. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen 🙏

  23. Chinwe Agwoile says

    I’ve learnt that Jesus wants me to keep forgiving those who wrong me. I owe God a duty to forgive. My own need for God’s mercy and forgiveness should soften my mind when others offend me. Moreso, forgiveness is a sine qua non to gain entrance to heaven. Apart from this, it is beneficial for my personal wellbeing.
    Am I ready to be merciful and forgiving to those persons that betrayed my trust, tried to poison me, stole my treasures, lied against me, ruined my home and my reputation?

    Thank you Lord Jesus for the countless times You’ve completely forgiven my sins. Let me also be forgiving and merciful to others knowing that You explicitly require this of me. Let me understand that forgiveness is being sure of washing away the bitterness inside and having sweetness and goodwill for the offender. Give me a forgiving heart, o Lord!
    A resounding AMEN!!!

  24. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen, may the good Lord give us grace to love and forgive each other. This will help
    us to treat others well.

  25. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏.

  26. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen!

  27. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen 🙏🙏

  28. Faleye Dora says

    Amen. With your spirit too

  29. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen🙏🏻!

  30. Dr Nick Onyia says

    Amen🙏

  31. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. Thank you .

  32. Awodike Florence says

    Oh God, make me to torlate Others the way you does to us.Also forgive people from my heart and always be kind to one another.
    Thanks Father…
    More Strength…

  33. Awodike Florence says

    Oh God, make me to torlate Others the way you does to us.Also forgive people from my heart.
    Thanks Father…
    More Strength…

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