Romans 10:9-10 are two great salvation verses. They also help us understand that what we believe we confess. 2 Corinthians 4:13 says, “…I believed and therefore I spoke…”
It is imperative that we know what we believe in our heart. Matthew 15:16-19 was Jesus’ explanation to inner defilement. Verse 18 says, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.”
In my first book, “Freedom! From Past Hurts” I have a chapter called ‘Inner Defilement’ and another chapter that brings application for tearing down those strongholds.
Yesterday I was reading Matthew 18. Two verses stood out to me about forgiveness. In verse 30 the forgiven servant refused to listen to another servant who begged him to be patient with him regarding paying him back. It says, “And he would not…”
Verse 33 was the forgiving master speaking to his forgiven servant. It says, “Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, JUST AS I had pity on You?”
Fast forward to Ephesians 4:32, “…forgiving one another, EVEN AS God in Christ forgave you.” Have you obeyed God’s command to forgive AS you have been forgiven? If not, your heart is defiled. You are also walking in self-deception, thinking that you are THE exception to God’s command.
I never saw that more clearly than when I read again the parable of the unforgiving servant. In Matthew 18 Jesus gave the parable because Peter asked that if his brother sinned against him seven times did he still have to forgive him.
Verse 22 says, “…I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Jesus wasn’t giving a mathematical equation, but an illustration of continuous forgiveness.
The scalpel of God’s word pierces through in verse 34-35. The forgiving master turned the unforgiving servant over to the torturers. Verse 35 says, “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”