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Biblical Business Principle
Last week we focused on the Lord’s Prayer – And forgive us our trespasses. How often in a typical day at work do you ask God to forgive your trespasses? If not often, is it because you don’t trespass God’s standards; or is it because you’re not as in tune with His standards as you could be?
This week we will focus on the Lord’s Prayer – As we forgive them that trespass against us. Do you forgive others as readily as God forgives you?
How often should we forgive someone? Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No!” Jesus replied, “seventy times seven!” Matthew 18:21-22 NLT Have you every forgiven someone 490 times?
“For this reason, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so the king ordered that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt. But the man fell down before the king and begged him, ‘Oh, sir, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then the king was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and jailed until the debt could be paid in full. When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him what had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison until he had paid every penny.” “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters in your heart.” Matthew 18:23-35 NLT What message do you think Peter got from this teaching? What message do you get?
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I assure you that you can say to this mountain, ‘May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” Mark 11:22-25 NLT What is the BUT of Jesus teaching on how we can ask for anything if we have faith? Why does Jesus teach first forgive? How does this relate to asking God for specific blessings in your business life?
The Business By The Book Workshop video series presents the story of a business owner who not only turned the other cheek, but also went the extra mile helping a man who it would have been easy to not forgive. In the dog eat dog business world today, it is easy to have a negative opinion of someone who screwed you. Do you have anyone you need to forgive in the same way God has forgiven you?
“But if you are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Pray for the happiness of those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” Luke 6:27-28 NLT Based on this teaching, do you have anyone you need to be praying for?
What is the ultimate illustration of forgiveness? As He hung on the cross Jesus said, “Father, forgive these people, because they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34a NLT If my Lord can do that…
We’ve cover from the traditional Lord’s Prayer (from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, 1662) –
Our Father, which art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
Next week we’ll cover –
And lead us not into temptation,
In the future we’ll cover – But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Bit of Wisdom
“So if you are standing before the altar in the Temple, offering a sacrifice to God, and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there beside the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” Matthew 5:23-24 NLT
Forums Ministry Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Have you hosted a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.
Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.
Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.
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