September 14, 2014 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge, referencing Matthew 18:33 (NIV).
It’s Not Fair!
It’s easy to treat life like a game. We cry “Foul” when things adversely affect us. What we need to remember is that we are bound by God’s rules and He tells us, “my thoughts are not your thoughts.” When life doesn’t seem fair, we may not understand the reasons, but we can be assured that God is in control. Learn more about Matthew 20:13-15 this Sunday, September 21 at Victory Lutheran Church.
“Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?”
This great country was founded on the fact that as human beings we have certain (natural) inalienable rights. In addition, we are given many rights under the law. While we are to cherish, and protect these rights, God’s Word makes it clear that just because you have the right, doesn’t mean it’s right. Jesus tells a parable in Matthew 18 about a man who was forgiven a large debt by his king. That man then went out and demanded instant payment from another man. Did he have the right to do that? Of course he did. Was it right? In light of the fact that he had just been shown mercy by the king, it would have been good, right, and salutary for that man to show mercy to the man who was indebted to him. Agreed? Just because you have the right, doesn’t mean it’s right. God has shown mercy to us by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus and not making us pay the debt for our sin. Shouldn’t we have mercy on others just as God has had mercy on us? Indeed. Just because you have the right, doesn’t mean it’s right. God is merciful to you, so above all else, be merciful to others.
September 7th, 2014 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge referencing 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV).
As children of God, there’s no question how God wants us to act toward each other. Put simply, we are to be merciful. We are to be kind and forgiving toward our fellow Christians, and to those who are outside of the family of believers. This Sunday, September 14 we’ll look at a few examples from Scripture.