devotional post # 2016
Luk 17:3 Attend to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him.
Luk 17:4 Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Luk 17:5 The missionaries said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
Luk 17:6 That was when the Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
you have what you need
After warning his followers not to lead anyone to sin, he now addresses the issue of their own stability as believers. He does not tell them to study hard, pray hard, fast often, and give regularly and they just might make it. Instead, he tells them that they already have what they need. They can attend to themselves at this point. If they are betrayed by a brother, they have the power to forgive that brother, even if the offense is repetitive. They do not need more faith. The power to live their lives for Christ comes from him, not from the intensity of their faith in him. The most meager amount of faith, focused on and coming from Christ himself — is all that anyone needs.
Stop living life based on your inadequacies. Your salvation and your sanctification comes from Jesus Christ. He is not inadequate, and anyone he choses to save is saved utterly. You have what you need.
LORD, thank you for being all that we need for life today, and eternal life hereafter.