11/13/17

We must realize every day is a gift from God. It is your choice to be happy. Make up your mind to enjoy this day, to have a blessed, prosperous, victorious year. You may have some setbacks and your circumstances may change, but don’t let that change your mind. Keep it set on happiness. It’s not what happens to you or what you have or don’t have that is important; it’s how your mind is arranged and the choices you make.

Once this day is gone, we can never retrieve it. If we make the mistake of being negative, discouraged, grumpy, or sour, we’ve wasted the day. Make up your mind to not waste any more days. Celebrate each day as a gift from God.

11/6/17

 Our churches should not be museums to display perfect people. They should be hospitals to help the hurting and the lonely. Before you judge a person ask yourself, “Have you walked in their shoes? Do you know their story? Did they have good parents who give them wisdom and guidance? Did they make them feel valuable and loved or were they taken advantage of? Have you tried to see life from their perspective?

Give people a little room while they’re in the process of changing. Your attitude should be, God, how can I help this person come up higher? What can I do to inspire them to become better? How can I make them feel more loved, more accepted, more valuable, more secure?

10/30/17

One thing you can be certain of, people never grow tired of hearing compliments and encouragements. You can go on and on about how wonderful they are and they’ll never be board! John Wooden, the late basketball genius, told his players, “After you score a basket, always look for the player who made the pass to you and acknowledge them. Do something to express your appreciation, and don’t worry, he’ll be looking for the nod of the head, or a smile.” 

The point is, we all love to be appreciated. We love to be valued, to feel encouraged. Who can you give the gift of encouragement to?

10/23/17

Proverbs 15:4 says a gentle tongue brings healing. It’s amazing what a few kind words can do. It’s amazing the impact you can have when you tell somebody, “I’m praying for you. I believe in you. You’ve got good day’s ahead.” Those words have healing power. Instead of judging that person, if you first step into his or her shoes, it will help you put on the right set of eyes: eyes of love and not judgment.

This doesn’t mean you are excusing the person’s behavior. Remember, we need to help bring healing. We must lift up the fallen, and encourage the discouraged.

10/16/17

From the Wright brothers to Steve Jobs; every person who has achieved great things has had critics. You will have yours, too. “If you get kicked in the rear, it means that you’re out in front.” The front-runner is always the focus of those who trail behind. The more success you have, the more opportunities there will be for distractions. The higher you go, the more haters will come out. When you reach a new level by pursuing God’s plans, the jealous, critical people and small-minded people will come out of the woodwork.

But don’t be a people pleaser, be a God pleaser. Just run your race with purpose, with focus, and with integrity. When you do things God’s way, you never lose out.

10/9/17

I’ve heard it said, “You will always have what you want if you help others get what they want.” If you want to be happy joyful, use your influence to help others succeed. Take time to give good advice. Introduce others to helpful people you know. When you help others to win, you are sowing a seed for yourself to rise higher. It’s easy to get caught up in your climb to the top that you don’t want to stop and help someone else. But when you take time to help others in their struggles, you set yourself up for even greater victories.   The story of Paul and Barnabas in Acts is an example of this weekly thought.

10/2/17

When you allow what someone says or does to upset you, you’re allowing that person to control you. When you say, “You make me so mad,” what you’re really doing is admitting that you’re giving away your power. As long as the person knows they can push this button and you’ll respond this way, and they can make that remark and you’ll get upset.

What a person says about you does not define who you are. His or her opinion of you does not determine your self-worth. Let that bounce off you like water on a duck back. Just stay on the high road and let God fight your battles for you. You don’t have to respond to every critic.

 In John 14:27 Jesus put it this way: “Stop allowing yourself to be agitated and disturbed.”

 

9/25/17

I’ve heard it said, “You will always have what you want if you help others get what they want.” If you want to be happy and joyful, use your influence to help others succeed. Take time to give good advice. Introduce others to helpful people you know. When you help others to win, you are sowing a seed for yourself to rise higher. It’s easy to get caught up in your climb to the top that you don’t want to stop and help someone else. But when you take time to help others in their struggles, you set yourself up for even greater victories.   The story of Paul and Barnabas in Acts is an example of this weekly thought.

9/11/17

As you move forward on our journey in life, you need to remember that what happens in you is more important than what happens to you. You can control your attitudes as you travel on your journey, but you have no control over the actions of others. You can control what to put on your calendar, but you can’t control today’s circumstances.

Unfortunately, the majority of the fear and stress that people experience in life is from things they can do nothing about. Don’t let that happen to you. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do!

9/5/17

As you move forward on our journey in life, you need to remember that what happens in you is more important than what happens to you. You can control your attitudes as you travel on your journey, but you have no control over the actions of others. You can control what to put on your calendar, but you can’t control today’s circumstances.

Unfortunately, the majority of the fear and stress that people experience in life is from things they can do nothing about. Don’t let that happen to you. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do!

 

8/28/17

The Greek word for “man” or “human” can be defined as “upward-looker.” Man is designed to stand upright on two legs with his head looking up. That should be the same for us spiritually. We are created to look to God. Since it is so easy to forget about the eternal and focus on the temporal, consider a few events in our lives when we should be reminding ourselves and others to look up:

Ø  We should look up during times of difficulty and despair.

Ø  We should look up during times of doubt and fear.

Ø  We should look up during times of death.

Psalm 42:1, Colossians 3:2, Hebrews 13:5-6, 1st Corinthians 15:54-57 and 2 Timothy 4:6-8.

8/21/17

Are your friends making you stronger? Are they challenging you to become a better parent, a better spouse, a better co-worker, a better member of your community, a stronger Christian? You cannot soar with the eagles as long as you’re hanging out with the turkeys. So, rid yourself of relationships that drain you, drag you down, or leave you feeling worst for wear.

Your time on this earth is brief and valuable. You can’t serve God and be your best if you carry negative people on your back! Be kind, be polite, but show them the door.

Mark 5:40 and Proverbs 27:17. 

8/14/17

You are in a class by yourself. When God made you, He threw away the mold. So don’t compare yourself. Celebrate yourself. You have everything you need to fulfill your God-given destiny. Remember, you don’t have to impress anybody. You don’t have to prove who you are. You are a child of the Most High God. Keep your shoulders back. Keep your head high. Be secure in who God made you to be. Because when you celebrate others, God will celebrate you. 

 1 Samuel 18:9-10.

8/7/17

Joseph was hit with one bad break after another. He could have turned bitter and angry. Instead, he kept being his best, and he ended up second in command of a whole nation. “What was meant for my harm, God used to my advantage,” he said (see Genesis 50:20). You may be in one of your ten minutes of turbulence right now. “This, too, shall pass.”

God did not bring you this far to fail you now. It may be rocky. But God is saying, “I still have a way. I am the Lord Your Provider. I’m the Lord Your Healer. I am the God Who Is More Than Enough.” If you’re alive and breathing, you can still become everything God has created you to be. Don’t allow a crisis to steal your joy or keep you from pressing forward. Romans 8:28.

7/31/17

Faith is all about trusting God even when you don’t understand His plan. God is good. He has a plan for your life. No matter how many disadvantages or setbacks you must deal with, you must shake off the self-pity, stop blaming, and keep pressing forward. Stop making excuses. Quit dwelling on disappointments, on the unfairness and hurt inflicted upon you. The worse handicaps are those you place on yourself.

     In John 9, there is a story of a man who was born blind. Some people were asking Jesus, “Why was he born this way?” and “Whose fault was it, his or his parents?” They were trying to find someone to blame. We tend to do the same today. But Jesus said, “It’s not anybody’s fault or his parents. The reason he was born this way was so that the goodness of God could be displayed.”

     Jesus was saying when you have a setback, or when life deals you a tough blow, don’t be bitter. Don’t settle there. Recognize that you are a prime candidate for God to show His favor and goodness through you. Quit focusing on the whys.

7/24/17

So how do you win favor and a good name in the sight of both God and man? By showing kindness, love, and compassion. Life is short, and the older you get, the more acutely aware you become of how fast the sands of time are flying by. Proverbs 3:4 says, “A good name.” It doesn’t say, “A perfect name.” God isn’t interested in the “perfect you,” because there’s no such thing is side of heaven. He’s interested in the “good you.” A good person can still mess up. But what you do with that mess – how you respond to it – makes all the difference in the world.

Winners in life – those who have a good name in the sight of God and man – take rejection and failure and use them as stepping –stones to success in life. God isn’t interested in the “perfect you”.…He’s interested in the “good you.”  

7/17/17

You can say all the right things and do all the right things, but if you don’t live out what you believe, you’re an empty aluminum can clanging down the street. We should not be so lukewarm in our appreciation of who God is. We ought to be awestruck by majesty, power, greatness, and holiness. Let’s start talking more about God, Jesus, and the Bible. Remember, as I have said for many years, ‘You are the best Christian somebody knows.’ What kind of an example are you setting before others?

 

7/10/17

God wants you to have a good life, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy. Maybe you have endured terrible disappointments. Unspeakable negative things may have happened to you, to the point that you have ceased believing for anything good to occur in your life. You’ve lost your dreams. You are drifting through life, taking whatever comes your way. You may be tempted to tell yourself, “I’ve prayed, I’ve believed, I’ve done everything I know how to do. Nothing changed. Nothing worked. I might as well give up.”

Friend, that attitude is contrary to God’s desire for you. No matter how many setbacks you’ve suffered, God still has a great plan for your life. Keep your hopes up. If you don’t have hope you won’t have faith. And if you don’t have faith, you can’t please God, and you won’t see His power revealed in your life. People may say, “My life is a mess; you can’t unscramble eggs,” and that is true. But God can take scrambled eggs and make an amazing omelet!

Romans 8:28, Phil. 1:6 and 1st Thess. 5:12-14. 

7/3/17

Too often we judge people without knowing their stories. We haven’t walked in their shoes. We don’t know the struggles they’ve been through. We don’t know the challenges they face. If we took time to know their stories, we would be much more forgiving. If we understood the battles they’ve fought, the pain they’ve endured, we would give them a lot more mercy. 

For too long, perhaps we’ve seen people through eyes of judgment. My challenge to you is to start seeing people through eyes of love. Instead of being critical and writing others off, take time to get to know them.

6/26/17

The Dead Sea is one of the most fascinating bodies of water on Earth. The water is so dense, due to the high mineral content, even a no swimmer can stay afloat. A human being can actually sit down in the water, and read a newspaper without sinking. The problem is when you come out of the water, nobody wants to sit next to you! The water reeks with a wretched smell.

Fed by Israel’s Jordan River, the Dead Sea has no outlet. All the fresh water flowing into the Dead Sea becomes stagnant. The water is undrinkable, and putrid. The salt content is near 27%.

That is a good picture of a person who lives selfishly, who is a taker but not a giver. God did not create us to be a reservoir that only collects. He created us to be a river that’s constantly flowing. When we live selfishly, always receiving, always taking, but never giving, we become stagnant and polluted. You must learn to allow those good things to flow through you to others. As you do, your supply will be replenished and your life will maintain its freshness.  Ecclesiastes 11: 1-2, and 2 Corinthians 8:2.

 

 

6/19/17

For many people, mediocrity is the norm; they want to do as little as they possibly can and still get by. But God did not create us to be mediocre. He doesn’t want us to just do what everybody else is doing. God blesses excellence. You need to start aiming for excellence in your life. Doing more than you are required to do. 

You may be in a situation today where everyone around you is compromising and taking the easy way out. Don’t let that rub off on you. You represent God through the way you live. Colossians 3:23-24, Luke 16:10, Psalm 37:23, and Proverbs 20:24.

5/30/17

You can’t go around thinking thoughts of defeat and failure and expect God to fill you with joy, power, and victory. You can’t go around thinking thoughts of poverty and lack, and expect God to fill you with abundance.

 Have some determination. Begin speaking in terms of victory rather than defeat. Your words have amazing power, so quit talking about what you can’t do, and start talking about what God can do. Keep your mind focused on God’s goodness. Isaiah 54:2-3 and 1st John 4:4.

 

5/22/17

You can’t go around thinking thoughts of defeat and failure and expect God to fill you with joy, power, and victory. You can’t go around thinking thoughts of poverty and lack, and expect God to fill you with abundance. 

Have some determination. Begin speaking in terms of victory rather than defeat. Your words have amazing power, so quit talking about what you can’t do, and start talking about what God can do. Keep your mind focused on God’s goodness. Isaiah 54:2-3 and 1st John 4:4.

5/15/2017

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5.   When are you most likely to nudge God over and take the wheel like a NASCAR driver? The old children’s song “Jesus Loves Me” includes the lyrics “I am weak, but he is strong.” Are you living your life like “he is weak, but I am strong”? That’s called the human delusion. What are you going to do to change? Trust isn’t a one-shot deal. It’s an ongoing relationship.

 

5/8/2017

Contentment starts in your attitude. It’s all in how you choose to see things. You can complain about your boss, or you can thank God that you have a job. You can complain about mowing the lawn, or you can think God that you have a yard. You can complain about the price of gas, or you can thank God that you have an automobile. It’s all in how you choose to see it.

Choose to have a grateful attitude. Don’t take every day, “normal” life for granted. Take time for the people you love. Quit working all the time. Nobody ever says on their deathbed, “If I had to do it again, I’d spent more time at the office.”  Philippians 4:10-13.

4/24/2017

Many individuals spend their lives looking in their rearview mirrors thinking about what could have been, what should have been, always dwelling on the pains of yesterday. You must make a decision today that you’re going to let all that go. If you carry it around with you, soon you will develop a victim mentality.

God wants to give us beauty for our ashes, joy for our mourning, rejoicing for our heaviness. But here’s the key: You must let go of the ashes before God can give you the beauty. Don’t ever let setbacks become your identity  Isaiah 61:1-11.

4/17/2017

When you retain a sin, you hold on to that sin. God says, in John 20:23, that when you hold on to the wrongs people have done to you, then the poison contaminates you. When you don’t forgive, it’s easy to become what you hate. That’s why it’s so important to forgive and let things go. The bitterness, the sin you retain, can produce the same results that hurt you. You can be the one to make a difference. Are you holding on to anger and unforgiveness and passing poison down to the next generation? Or are you willing to let it go so your family can rise to a new level?

I realize it can be very hard to forgive sometimes, but God will never ask you to do something without giving you the ability to do it. Forgiveness is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. But if you’ll continue to have the desire to forgive and ask God to help you, then little by little those negative feelings will fade.

4/10/2017

Everything we do, every accomplishment we have, every milestone we pass has come in part because of the efforts of others. There is no self-made men or women. If we can remember that, we can be grateful. And if we are grateful, we are more likely to develop good character that if we aren’t. We need to be very conscious of the fact that we have been blessed. We are indebted to God and others, and because of that, we must try to maintain an attitude of gratitude. That isn’t always easy. The biblical phrase ‘sacrifice of thanksgiving’ means that gratitude is acknowledging that someone did something for you that you could not do for myself. 

Remember: Those who drink the water must remember those who dug the well. 

4/3/2017

We need to be very conscious of the fact that we have been blessed. We are indebted to God and others, and because of that, we must try to maintain an attitude of gratitude. That isn’t always easy. The biblical phrase ‘sacrifice of thanksgiving’ means that gratitude is acknowledging that someone did something for you that you could not do for myself.

Everything we do, every accomplishment we have, every milestone we pass has come in part because of the efforts of others. There is no self-made men or women. If we can remember that, we can be grateful. And if we are grateful, we are more likely to develop good character that if we aren’t.

Remember: Those who drink the water must remember those who dug the well.  

3/27/2017

How you see yourself and how you feel about yourself will have a tremendous impact on how far you go in life and whether or not you fulfill your destiny. The reason your self-concept is so important is that you will probably speak, act, and react as the person you think you are.

Every person has an image of himself or herself. The question is, does your image of who you are line up correctly with who God says you are? Understand that you have been created in God’s image and He has crowned you with tremendous honor (see Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:4-5). God wants you to see yourself as a priceless treasure. He created you in His image, and He is continually shaping you, conforming you to His character. God sees you as a champion.

 Judges 6:12

3/20/2017

If you struggle with staying encouraged and staying grateful, make a list of everything God has blessed you with. If you have your health, write it down as an asset. If your vision is good, write it down, too. The same with your job, your family, your friends, your children, and all your other blessings. Make that list and then go over it throughout the day. That should get you thinking in the right direction.

You must realize that every day is a gift from God. What a shame to live this day or any other day defeated, depressed, negative, complaining, and with no enthusiasm. Remember: Seeds of discouragement cannot take root in a grateful heart. 

3/13/2017

You may not realize it, but we are living in the good old days. Make sure you’re enjoying your family and special people in your life. They may not always be there. Learn to appreciate the blessings God has given you. Don’t go around complaining about what’s wrong. Change your attitude and thank God for what you do have. You may be facing some formidable obstacles in your path, but if you look hard enough you can find some reason to be grateful. 1st Thessalonians 5:18 NASV says,” In everything give thanks.” You always look for the good in every situation.

3/6/2017

Much of life is routine, and we can become stagnant if we’re not careful. We need fresh enthusiasm each day. We should be excited and so full of joy that other people will want what we have. Ask yourself, “Is the way I’m living attractive and contagious? Will my attitudes, the words I speak, my expressions, the way I handle challenges and setbacks, cause anybody to want what I have?” God’s people should be the happiest people on earth!

Romans 12:11. 1 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

2 Timothy 1:6. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

2/27/2017

Our time here on this earth is so short. What a shame it would be to allow something that happened in the past---whether it was twenty years ago, or twenty minutes ago---to ruin the rest of this day. Make up your mind to do your best to enjoy every single day. You may make mistakes; things may not always go your way. You may be disappointed at times, but make a decision that you are going to live your life happy anyway.

Please don’t allow what does or doesn’t happen to you to steal your joy and keep you from God’s abundant life. Get up in the morning and say, “Father, I thank You that this is going to be a great day. I think You that I have discipline, self-control; and that I make good decisions. I may not have done what I could have done yesterday, but that day’s gone. I’m going to get up and do better today.”   

Psalm 5:1-12

Listen to my words, Lord,

consider my lament.

2 Hear my cry for help,
    my King and my God,
    for to you I pray.

3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly.
4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
    with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand
    in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
6     you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
    you, Lord, detest.
7 But I, by your great love,
    can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
    toward your holy temple.

8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
    because of my enemies—
    make your way straight before me.
9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
    their heart is filled with malice.
Their throat is an open grave;
    with their tongues they tell lies.
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
    Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,

    for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
    let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
    you surround them with your favor as with a shield

 

2/20/2017

Isn’t it interesting that we believe God is guiding us as long as we are getting what we want and we’re “living on the mountaintop.” But we need to understand that the Lord is directing our steps even when it seems things are not going our way. You may be living with a spouse or a child who is difficult to get along with. Or perhaps you are not being treated fairly at the office, or possibly you are having to work two jobs in order to make ends meet. You are thinking, This doesn’t seem right. God, I don’t understand.

 You are never going to understand everything you are going through in life or why certain things come against you. You simply must learn to trust God anyway. You must learn to keep a good attitude in the midst of the chaos and confusion, knowing that God is still in control. God knows what He’s doing.

Psalm 37:1-34, Isaiah 58:11, and Proverbs 20:24 

2/13/2017

I believe that we create much of our unhappiness and frustration by constantly resisting and fighting against situations and circumstances occurring in our lives. We often wonder why things aren’t changing sooner. “Why has this happened to me?” We need to learn to relax and accept the place where we are. Admittedly, it may not be a great place right now. We all have things we want to see changed, things we want to happen sooner. If we really believe that God is in control and is directing our steps, then we must believe that we are exactly where we are supposed to be. We needn’t be wrestling with life and resisting our circumstances all the time.

Psalm 46:10 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

  2/6/2017

We draw to our lives that which we constantly think about. If we dwell on the negative, we will attract negative people, experiences, and attitudes. If we dwell on our fears, we will draw in more fear. You set the direction of your life with your thoughts. The choice is up to you. You don’t have to entertain every thought that comes to mind. The first thing you need to do is ascertain where that thought is coming from. Is that thought from God, is it your own thought, or is it a destructive thought from the enemy?

 How can you discover God’s thoughts? Easy, just start reading and meditating on His Word, allowing its truths to become the operating system for your life.     

Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength,  

Isaiah 55:6-11

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

   and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.,

and 2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

1/23/2017

Get up in the morning with the attitude, “Who can I be a blessing to today?” “Who can I encourage”? “Where is there a need that I can meet?” I don’t believe that we see enough good works today. We hear a lot about success and about the good things that God wants to do for us, but let’s not forget we are blessed, so we can be a blessing. We are blessed so we can share God’s goodness wherever we go. If you want to make an impact on somebody’s life, you don’t necessarily have to preach a sermon to that person; just be good to them.

Your actions will speak louder that your words. We demonstrate true love by what we do. Don’t miss an opportunity to do something good for someone. Prefer them over you. Be good to them. 

1/16/2017

You may not realize it, but it is extremely selfish to go around always dwelling on your problems, always thinking about what you want or need, but hardly noticing the many needs of others all around you. One of the best things you can do if you’re having a problem is to help solve somebody else’s problem. We need to look for opportunities to share God’s love, His goodness and His Gospel with others.

 Hebrews 3:13 and Isaiah 58:7-8.   

1/9/2017

You may not realize it, but it is extremely selfish to go around always dwelling on your problems, always thinking about what you want or need, but hardly noticing the many needs of others all around you. One of the best things you can do if you’re having a problem is to help solve somebody else’s problem. We need to look for opportunities to share God’s love, His goodness and His Gospel with others. 

1/2/2017

Start each day afresh and anew, especially in your family relationships. Don’t let little things build up. Don’t harbor unforgiveness and resentment.  Such an attitude as this may seem insignificant to you, but over time if you’re not careful, that bitter attitude will build, and it’ll end up causing you major problems. You’ve got to do your best to keep your heart free and clean, because if you’re poisoned with unforgiveness, bitterness, or resentment on the inside, eventually it will show up on the outside. You cannot keep it buried.

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[a]

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[b] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[c] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” , and Ephesians 4:32  32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Matthew 18:21-35