Luke 16:1-18

Luke 16:1-18

What's the good news of the kingdom of God? That you, in fact, can be forgiven and loved by God, and it doesn't matter who you are, what you've done, where you've come from. You can be forgiven and loved by God. That's good news!We, so often, struggle with this concept of forgiveness. If they owe it, they owe it. They sinned against me. They deserve what they get. We make life hard for people. God does not make life hard for people. We make life hard for ourselves. God does not make life hard for us. God may allow for circumstances to happen in our lives and around our lives in order to get our attention, but God does not cause evil to happen to us. Evil is in this world, and evil will happen to us. It is not God’s fault, and just because evil happens to us, just because hard times happen to us, it does not give us the right to become bitter and angry and surly…

[Jesus] wants His disciples to at least understand that they can act shrewdly in the world by forgiving. When we don’t forgive, we have a very hard time having relationship with people. If we have that person in our life that we refuse to forgive, we have a hard time, and God will allow that time to be hard for us…

God has given us everything that we have in this world not to make us wealthy, but in order for us to have tools to use, in order for us to be a blessing to those who are around us… It truly is not about my life and the comfort I can have in my life, but it is about God’s love and the forgiveness that He wants to give to all men…

There is a difference between having money and serving money. God will give us money. God will give us property. But He doesn’t give us that money and that property for us to hoard to ourselves, for us to serve, for us to cling to, for us to make grow, for us to have so that we can retire later on in life. That’s serving the money. But He has given it to us so that we can serve Him. That we would have wherewithal to serve Him. And serving Him means reaching out to those who do not have or are lost in the world because they have sinned against Him…

You know what? God is never wrong, and what God has given to us, He has given to us for the purpose of knowing Him better and sharing what we know about Him and the love He’s given to us with everybody else…

What’s the good news of the kingdom of God? That you, in fact, can be forgiven and loved by God, and it doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, where you’ve come from. You can be forgiven and loved by God. That’s good news! It didn’t require the law to be forgiven. In fact, the law can not forgive. The law can only condemn…

Making it into heaven doesn’t come with a feeling. Making it into heaven comes with a promise, whether we feel it or not, and if we receive Jesus as He’s asked us to, He has promised that He will come in to us and sup with us. All we have to do is invite Him, and it doesn’t matter if we always feel like He’s there. He says, “I will never leave you or forsake you,” doesn’t He? So it doesn’t matter how we feel about it. What matters is that He’s promised it…

God desires to forgive us, and when we find ourselves judging and condemning others, we show that we do not have the capacity of God’s Word, or even the capacity to understand God’s Word, in our heart, because from the very beginning when God gave the law to Israel, He also gave them the ability and the knowledge to know it was about forgiveness, not about condemnation. We, though, as men have made it about condemnation. We condemn our selves, we condemn our neighbors, we condemn our family, we condemn our friends because they do things wrong. They sin against us…

Jesus says it is required of you [to forgive]. You want to be right with God? It is required of you to learn to forgive. It’s what it’s about. We’re all in the same boat. We are all in need of forgiveness, and it is God’s love for us that should be prompting us to forgive. It is not God that does not love. It is we who do not love, and we blame God for that.

Dave Elkins