Gleanings (12/15/11) – Re-Gifting Applauded

Matthew 25:1-13

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

We don’t know. Well, can’t we figure it out? No. It is not for us to know the time appointed for the Kingdom and the King to come in fullness and glory. Our role in all this? Be prepared. Keep watch.

Are we prepared? Sure John. The wicks are trimmed. We have sufficient oil. Yeah ok but are we prepared to come face to face with the bridegroom and answer this question: Have we forgiven others as he has forgiven us?

Jesus has made it pretty clear, that un-forgiveness has the potential to alienate us from God eternally. It will destroy us in this life and in the life to come. Then he gives us the basis for forgiveness. He forgives us a great debt. What’s the hold up for us for debts miniscule by comparison? We don’t forgive and forget. We remember and forgive. He did so we can.

So as Advent draws to a close and Christmas draws nigh, do we need to grant forgiveness to someone? Search your heart. Ask God to search it for you. Then, for Christmas, give what you have been given.

Who knew the King smiles upon re-gifting!

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