In Touch Daily Devotional

In Touch Daily Devotional – 24 March 2022 | Dr Charles Stanley

In Touch Daily Devotional – 24 March 2022 | Dr Charles Stanley

In Touch Daily Devotional – 24 March 2022 | Dr Charles Stanley

In Touch Daily Devotional – 24 March 2022 | Dr Charles Stanley

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Read In Touch Daily Devotional – 24th March 2022 Written By Dr Charles Stanley

TOPIC: God’s Guidance for Forgiveness

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Matthew 18:21-35

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.’ 

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27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt

In Touch Daily Devotional – 24 March 2022 | Dr Charles Stanley

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 [a]at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you [b]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.

In Touch Daily Devotional – 24 March 2022 | Dr Charles Stanley

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 [c]his trespasses.”

CHARLES STANLEY DEVOTIONAL TODAY

MESSAGE

When someone repeatedly wrongs us, we often try to draw a line at the number of times we’ll accept apologies. In other situations, we may attempt to categorize which offences we’ll pardon. But Jesus drew no such lines at the cross. God’s unconditional pardon of our sins means that our forgiveness toward others should likewise have no limitations—even when certain behaviors can’t be allowed to continue.

Another issue is the temptation to hang on to resentment for a time instead of forgiving instantly. But when we cling to unforgiveness—even for a short period—Satan can gain a foothold. If the Father’s will is that we forgive, why should we wait?

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Forgiveness is painful and costly—Jesus felt every nail, every thorn. But a truly forgiving spirit knows that good can come from the unfortunate situation. For instance, “good” could take the form of God developing our character or perhaps exposing our weakness to drive us closer to Him.

In Touch Daily Devotional – 24 March 2022 | Dr Charles Stanley

Realizing God is sovereign makes us more ready to forgive. Let’s trust Jesus to remove any desire for retaliation—and to provide us with the wisdom and strength necessary to act in ways that please Him. And when it comes to forgiveness, let’s approach our offender with the intent of reconciling. That means doing whatever God directs in order to get our relationship right—just as Jesus did for us.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Samuel 4-6

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Our forgiveness of others should look like Jesus’ forgiveness of us.

ALSO, READ In Touch Daily Devotional – 16 March 2022 | Dr Charles Stanley

IN Touch Daily Devotional For Today. Founded in 1977 by Dr Charles Stanley, In Touch evolved out of a half-hour program called “The Chapel Hour,” which aired on Atlanta-area television stations. Today, the current “In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley” can be heard around the world via radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, the handheld In Touch Ministries Messenger, In Touch apps, and on this website.

ALSO, READ In Touch Daily Devotional – 2nd February 2022 | Dr Charles Stanley

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