What is forgiveness? We regularly pray some form of these words in the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” What is the measure of forgiveness we are asking to receive? We are asking for God to use the same measure on us...

Lord, please grant us the ability to let go and let you forgive others abundantly so that we too can be forgiven for our times of disobedience to your will. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
September 11–17, 2023
Scripture Overview

Again this week, Exodus tells a story about Moses that is retold in the psalm. The angel of the Lord protects the Israelites and allows them to cross the sea on dry ground, but their enemies are swept away. The psalmist recalls this glorious event. The forces of nature tremble and bow before the presence of God, and the people are delivered. Paul recognizes that there are matters of personal preference or conscience that are not hard and fast rules. Some will feel freedom in areas that others do not, and we are not to judge each other for these differences. Jesus tells a parable in Matthew that highlights the danger of hypocrisy. We who have been forgiven so generously by God have no right to judge others for minor offenses.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Exodus 14:19-31. When has the path of faith seemed risky? How have you trusted God and others’ wisdom along the way?
Read Psalm 114. How do you see God’s hand at work in creation? Spend some time in nature. What is God saying?
Read Romans 14:1-12. When have you recognized something as more important than your being right? How has that recognition shaped your faith?
Read Matthew 18:21-35. How do you recognize your own wounds—or those you have inflicted on others—in this parable? How might this parable help you to repair these wounds or the relationships attached to the wounds?

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