So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. Philemon 1:17-20 ESV
The Bible is full of shadows, similitudes and stories that allow us to see ourselves and our situations in life, through a Biblical lens. We must always ask ourselves: What was said, to whom was it said, what did it mean back then, and what does that mean to me\us today? Every answer we need to every situation can be found in the Bible. That is the purpose for being IN THE WORD, and for having THE WORD permeate all parts of our life. Remember the enemies NUMBER 1 Weapon formed against us is confusion! Because when we are confused, we don’t SPEAK UP, STAND UP, SIT DOWN or SHUT UP- at the appropriate times. It can become about US, and our problems and a worldly solution- instead of about HIM, about demonstrating HIS MERCY and HIS GRACE and HIS SOLUTION.
Leader, Paul is an example of Christ to us. Paul’s actions are a shadow, an example of what God has done for us and thus wants us to do, LIKEWISE, to others. God actually tells us that He will let us choose how much grace, mercy and forgiveness- God gives us, by how we treat others. “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:37-38) God says I will treat you as you treat others, and He tells us to follow His example; What He does for us, we should do to others- because HE DID FOR US! “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. (John 14:12)
Conduit, JESUS PAID IT ALL- ALL to HIM WE OWE! Just prior to His arrest by the Romans, Jesus prayed His last public prayer, asking the Father to glorify Him, just as Jesus had glorified the Father on earth, having “finished the work you have given me to do” (John 17:4) After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:28,30) Of the last sayings of Christ on the cross, none is more important than, “It is finished.” Found only in the Gospel of John, the Greek word translated “it is finished” is tetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.” When Jesus uttered those words, He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away any debt that He owed to the Father; rather, Jesus eliminated the debt owed by mankind—the debt of sin. Jesus is our GOOD SAMARITAN- and is calling us to be the same to others: But when a Samaritan on a journey came upon him, he looked at him and had compassion. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Take care of him,’ he said, ‘and on my return I will repay you for any additional expense.’ (Luke 10:33-35) God has generously picked up our TAB, so today do the same for others. BE JESUS to others in your life! Show MERCY, BE GRACEFUL, forgive others debts, as HE FORGAVE OURS!