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31 Today, July 23, 2017, is the second day of our Zion Temple Men's Day Weekend Services. Our theme for this year is "Men of God pressing on in Jesus name." The scripture text for our theme is (Philippians 3:14) which says = I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. We are very happy and blessed to have with us today our guest speaker, Bishop A. Glenn Brady from Kansas City, Kansas. We want to give him a worm Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church welcome. We are waiting today in anticipation to hear what God will say to us from his holy word (the Bible); being given to us by God's servant, and anointed preacher, Bishop A. Glenn Brady. We also want to give a personal invitation to every one who came today to stay with us all day. Feel free to join in and be a participant in our praise and worship services. Help us lift up Jesus in the house of the Lord! You and your family are welcome here in Zion. I have written this week with the Lord's help about the need for unlimited forgiveness. The scripture text for this article comes from the Book of Matthew. This book was written by Matthew, the son of Alphaeus, (Mark 2:14) who was also called Levi (Luke 5:27, 28). He was a tax collector for the Roman government before Jesus called him to be one of his disciples (Matthew 9:9) and later on he was made and ordained by Jesus to be an apostle (Matthew 10:1-4). For this pastor's desk we want to focus our attention upon a question which Peter asked Jesus about forgiveness, and what was Jesus' reply to him found in (Matthew 18:21, 22). It says = Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Peter wanted Jesus to give him a number of times that his brother could sin against him, and he would need to forgive him. He said, until seven times? The number seven is a sacred number to the Jews and shows fulness or completeness. When he had forgiven the brother who had sinned against him seven times, then his forgiveness for that particular person should be complete. But Jesus saith unto him, I say not until seven times: but until seventy times seven, which amounts to "490 times." Jesus teaches Peter that his forgiveness of those who sin against him must be unlimited. (Luke 17:3, 4) says = Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. Our forgiveness as the children of God must be unlimited too! Someone might ask us why do we need unlimited forgiveness? God blended together a lot of diverse people in Christian relationships in the church. There will be personality clashes, and misunderstanding, and tension, and disagreements as we interact with one another. We are all different and each of us has our ways of looking at things. We should not intentionally try to provoke each other and/or hurt someone else's feelings. These are our brothers and sisters in the Lord. We are all one spiritual family and one body in Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 12:13) says = For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. But in spite of our best efforts to avoid conflict, offence, or to trespass and/or transgress (sin) against one another, it is going to happen that's why God placed forgiveness in his church. What is forgiveness? Webster says forgiveness is to give up resentment against someone or the desire to punish those who hurt us; to pardon an offence or offender; and to cancel out the debt owed to us. The Greek word for forgiveness is APHIEMI (af-ee'-ay-mee) #863 which means to remit, forgive debts, sins, and offences. It also means to pardon, that is graciously, remit one's sin and/or to be gracious to someone. The need for unlimited forgiveness is great because it is the only way that Christian relationships can be mended and restored in the Church. True forgiveness will bring us back together again in unity and love. (Colossians 3:12-14) says = Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. Unlimited forgiveness will breakdown the walls of separation that are standing between the children of God. We need the three R's which are brought about by unlimited forgiveness they are restoration, reconciliation, and renewal. The word RESTORATION means = the act of restoring or being restored. It also means = to bring back to a former state; return to a former position; RECONCILIATION means = restore to union and friendship after estrangement; settle; and bring to agreement; and RENEWAL means = make fresh or vigorous again. Unlimited forgiveness will rekindle our love for one another, and will eliminate all the things which keep us apart! Let us seek for and practice unlimited forgiveness; when we pray (Mark 11:25); when we worship (Matthew 5:23, 24); and we interact with others (Ephesians 4:32).

District Elder Charles L. Smith, D. D. July 23, 2017

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