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Mission Devotional - October 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you canceled my debt. All of it. Let me live my life in gratitude for all you have done for me, offering those in my world that same grace. Amen.

Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35

Journal: Where so you find yourself in this story? Who can you relate to most? Why? What does God seem to be saying to you today?

Reflection: If only we could see the world, and particularly those in that world, through the lenses of the enormity of our own debt - which has been forgiven - then we would see things much differently. But so often I want to put myself in the place of the one that only owes ten dollars, when the reality is that I am actually the one that owes ten million dollars. "He who has been forgiven little, loves little," Jesus once said. And that is certainly the case here. All of us has been forgiven much - in fact, much more than we could ever imagine. And therefore, if we realize we have been forgiven much, it gives us the ability to love much. If we can come to realize exactly how much we have been forgiven, then a beautiful humility, and then compassion, in born deep within us. Then we are able to truly love others, rather than judge and condemn others.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Darlene Johnson has been a member of MTW's church-planting team in Nagoya, Japan, since 2000. She teaches conversational English and evangelistic Bible studies and is involved in choral and instrumental music ministry. Pray today for Darlene who is in the U.S. for several months of home leave that this time away from Japan might bring rest and renewal.

Global Media Outreach is an Internet ministry that seeks to stay on the cutting edge of emerging technologies with the intent to give everyone on earth multiple opportunities to know and follow Jesus Christ. Pray today for each person that will encounter this ministry via their website that they will choose to follow Christ.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me, this day, to realize exactly how much I have been forgiven, so I can, in turn love those in my life and world deeply and well, rather than judging and condemning them. Amen.