Two interesting numbers in the Bible. Monday September 23rd, 2002
While I am kind of sure that most of you know how many times each day you must forgive your brother, if he ask for forgiveness. I can't help but wonder how many of you know how many times you are to preach salvation to a heathen before walking away.
Let's look at a bit of Scripture, first how many times must one forgive his fellow believer?
Then came Peter to Jesus, and said, "Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?"
And Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21&22) So, for those who were not sure, now you know, you must forgive your brother or sister in the Lord up to 490 times a day. But, what about when you are witnessing to a person, how long must you spend on that person before you can simply walk away? How many times must you sit there and listen to him or her get carried away on points that seem to be for no purpose other than to change the subject from salvation to something less important.
Let me give you and example of what I mean, let say you are talking to a man, you have twice or three times, four times or twenty, started telling him the plan of salvation, but each time he changes the subject by asking questions about, baptism, what day is the sabbath, circumcism, where is heaven, jut about anything other than making a commitment or decision. When can you simply walk away form him and go on to the next, without God getting upset with you?
Well, thank God for our old buddy the Apostle Paul, for Paul has answered that question, as he as answered so many other for us.
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject; knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sins, being condemned of himself. (Titus 3:9-11)
So, there you have it. When arguing with your brother or sister in the Lord, forgive him or her up to 490 times a day. But, when trying to give someone the plan of salvation and they reject your try by getting off on tangents, you can, after the second or third try, walk away form them. For they have chosen to follow satan and not Christ.
And now in closing, let me share an email I just got from Mac, my senior proof reader, who when you see his email, you will understand, didn't proof read this thought today.
"I'm a grandpa again. Howard and Kirsten's daughter Crystal-Lynn Maguire was born at 0745 MDT today. She weighs 7 pounds 10 ounces and is 20" long and has red hair and blue eyes.Mother and daughter doing fine. Howard has the camera and I should have first pics this afternoon. "
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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