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Simon the Leper

Forgiveness Grace Mercy

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2020-01-13

Scripture: Matthew 26:6

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

"While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper." (NIV).

Jesus dined at Simon the leper, evidently, he was a healed leper. I'd like to think a leper healed by Jesus. But he had to have been healed of his leprosy or he could not have been hosting a "party." Yet he was still known as "Simon the leper." 

He was healed but once a leper always a leper

A leper's life was difficult not just because of the leprosy but maybe more so because leprosy was believed to be a curse from God. It was believed that a leper was a leper because of some heinous sin in their lives and they were under God’s judgment. But when Jesus heals He heals completely 

APPLICATION

Are we guilty of the same thing?

Once a drug addict, once an alcoholic, once an unwed mother, once an illegitimate child, once a divorcee…

He’s Simon the leper.

Once a liar, once a thief, once an adulterer… God forgives but we never forget.

We must receive all those who Jesus receives.

With the exception of…, if you can answer that go back to God and ask Him which of your sins he is still holding against you. 

Debt Canceled

Forgiveness Grace Debt

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Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; Ephesians 2:8

Author: Charles Schuyler
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ILLUSTRATION

Back in August of 2019, Chase Bank did something for its Canadian credit cardholders that is unprecedented; it completely and utterly wiped their debt away!  Isn’t that amazing?!  Especially when you consider the fact that there had to be some customers that had maxed out their card. 

Can you imagine what some felt like when they got the letter from the Chase Bank?  Some may have thought it was the bank coming down hard on them, only to find out that their record had been cleared!   

APPLICATION

What would that feel like?  Can you imagine it?  It shouldn’t be hard for us to imagine, right?  For we have, by faith, received the grace of God extended to us through the Lord Jesus Christ.  By His sacrifice, we are completely and utterly forgiven.  Our debt to a holy God has been completely wiped clean! 

A Second Chance Isn't Always A Great Thing

Second Chances Justice Forgiveness

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-09-14

Scripture: Matthew 18:21 ; Jonah 2:1

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

Shayna Hubers thought she was getting a new shot at life when a judge overturned her conviction of murder and ordered a new trial after it was discovered that one of the jurors was a convicted felon, something Kentucky law doesn't allow. She had been convicted of murdering her boyfriend but claimed she shoot him 6 times in self-defense. The conviction came with a 40-year sentence.

At the second trial, she took the stand in her own defense, something she had not done the first time. However, there was video of her alone in an interrogation room dancing around and saying, "I did it, I did it." After deliberating only 5 hours, a jury of her peers found her guilty, again. Unfortunately, the recommendation from the jury was not 40 years, but LIFE!

She probably wishes this was a second chance she had never received. 

APPLICATION

What good is a second chance at justice if you're guilty? But isn't it good to know that God's idea of a second chance involves the complete forgiveness of our sins?

"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times'" (Matthew 21:21-22). 

Look What You Made Me Do

Revenge Forgiveness Anger

Contributed By: Major Dalton | Date Posted: 2017-10-29

Scripture: Proverbs 19:11 ; Romans 12:17

Author: Major Dalton
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Spite Is Always A Bad Investment

Revenge Forgiveness Retribution

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-06-19

Scripture: Matthew 5:39

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Protracted Replay Of Bitterness

Forgiveness Bitterness Motivation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-01-07

Scripture: Ephesians 4:26

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Lost Cause

Grace Forgiveness God's Patience

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-14

Scripture: Matthew 18:21

Author: Illustration Exchange
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White Guilt

Shame Forgiveness Racism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-03-23

Scripture: Galatians 3:28 ; Colossians 3:13

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Overcoming Evil With Good in Charleston, SC

Forgiveness Prejudice Love (Divine)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-24

Scripture: Romans 12:21 ; 1 Corinthians 13:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Bitterness Quotes

Bitterness Resentment Forgiveness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-28

Scripture: Various

Author: Various
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