Thursday, May 14, 2009

daily text 05/14

Thursday, May 14th, 2009
"Become imitators of God, as beloved children." (Ephesians 5:1)

Jehovah is "ready to forgive," and he grants "true forgiveness." (Psalms 86:5; 130:4) We show that we are beloved children of Jehovah when we imitate him. We are all sinners and desperately in need of Jehovah's forgiveness. Thus, we must be careful if we feel inclined not to forgive someone. We could become like the slave in Jesus' parable who refused to forgive his fellow slave a debt that was but a fraction of the debt that his master had already forgiven him. When the master was informed, he had the unforgiving slave thrown into prison. Jesus concluded the parable by saying: "In like manner my heavenly Father will also deal with you if you do not forgive each one his brother from your hearts." (Matthew 18:21-35) Meditating on that illustration and reflecting on how many times Jehovah has freely forgiven us will surely help us when we are trying to settle personal differences with our brothers! -Psalms 19:14
(Watchtower issue: 10/01/07, 3:18)