QT – Matthew 18

Vs. 4, “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  The disciples went to Jesus to ask a selfish question on who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and we see Jesus’ response.  Perhaps this question came up when only three of them…Peter, James & John were chose to go with Jesus to the transfiguration.  We see the emphasis on how important children are to the Lord here in this passage.  Whether children or youth aged…they/we all have the potential to great things for the Lord!  Additionally we move from children to the aspect of relationships…most notably, forgiveness.  When we see others in sin, we must reach out to help them not in judgement but rather to turn them back to the Lord. 

Regarding application…Forgiveness.  Vs. 21-22, “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”  I think it’s very important to remember the context of “who” and “what” Jesus is talking about.  We do not lose our salvation because of an unforgiving heart.  Yet, we are reminded that having a forgiving heart should be at the core of who we are.  We love because He first loved us and we must forgive because He first forgave us.  The parable of the unmerciful servant almost seems ludicrous yet Jesus is exagerating for us because we so often mimic that type of response towards others.  It’s truly tragic and something we see all too often in our lives.  Unforgiveness can cause rifts in families, church splits, divorces, etc.  Question: Do you have a forgiving heart?