Extending Forgiveness - Part 2

by Brent Moody

…If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?  And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.  So it is not the will of my Father who is heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
— Matthew 18: 12–14

In this parable, the lost sheep represents a believer who has gone astray.  God does not want any of his children to be harmed or lost in a sinful world.  As ambassadors of Christ, we must reach out to those who have strayed from God and bring them back.  Are we doing this as a Church?  Are we forgiving those who have hurt us and drifted from God, just as God would do for us?  In our secular world it is typical to want judgement and to expose the ugly character of someone for the world to see, but that’s not what God wants.  He wants forgiveness and His lost sheep safely back in His arms.  From there, we must trust in the Lord.

Matthew 18:3-4 states, “…Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  Children have the ability to humble themselves which is essential to experiencing the life changing freedom that comes with forgiveness.  It’s not about “how you feel” or “what you want”, it is about letting go and handing it over to Christ.