FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22
Scripture: Luke 17:1-4
Luke 17:1-4 says, “Then He said to His disciples, ‘It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for Him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, “I repent,” you shall forgive him.” When do we retain sin?–When there is no repentance! If we confront someone and they refuse to repent, then we retain their sin and we can pray them into judgment. We do not forgive everything. Retaining sin has a purpose. The purpose is loss. Those who continue to rebel and fund evil need to lose what they have accumulated. They cannot keep it. It is our job to walk the paths of judgment in this regard. For some of them it would be just the needed wake-up call to turn and repent. The same destruction the wealthy-wicked have brought on others needs to fall right back on their own heads. Walking in the paths of judgment is a potential vehicle for redemptive change. Jesus gave us the authority to retain sin for a reason. And that is to persuade people to repent. When painful loss accompanying consequences are present, eyes may very well be opened. When the wicked experience God, their hearts may very well change. Let our inspired prayers be the catalyst for redemptive change!