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Responsible for One Another

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"See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled." Hebrews 12:15

Being a part of a family demands responsibility. Indeed, different members have different roles, but all have some level of responsibility to the overall health and well being of the family. The same is true spiritually. When you and I are saved by grace, God did not save us to leave us on our own. He saved us and gave us a familythe Church. One of the responsibilities we have to each other is to make sure that we persevere in the faith (Hebrews 3:12-14). For example, we must encourage one another to keep going despite the various trials we may face. We must confront one another when there are obvious sinful patterns and habits in our lives. This is healthy. This is family.

Are you living life with other believers in community in order to encourage them to persevere?

Forgiveness Based On the Gospel

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"And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' forgive him." Luke 17:4

In Judaism, it was common that a person would forgive another only three times. In fact, that was considered honorable to do so. However, Jesus pushes His disciples to go further. He uses the number seven. Now, is Jesus really saying that His followers are to forgive another person seven times and then call it quits? No. Taking the rest of God's Word into account, the principle of forgiveness is unlimited. While the pain may be deep and the wrong perpetual, forgiveness has no limits. For this practically demonstrates the gospel that we proclaim to believethat while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). And though we ourselves still struggle with sin throughout our lives, God's forgiveness is available to be embraced!

Is there anyone in your life that you need to forgive?

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