A person hardly ever commits the same offense against us four hundred and ninety times; however, we easily can replay an offense four hundred and ninety times in our minds. This spiritual truth is why with complete forgiveness (seven times seventy or four hundred and ninety times), the Holy Spirit in us can help us keep our minds from rerunning an offense over and over again. The point here is that Christ’s seven times seventy forgiveness command teaches and reminds us that forgiven people also have to forgive people.
Treating others the way you want to be treated is the nitty-gritty of the Bible’s Golden Rule, and then some. Indeed, when you do to others what you want them to do to you (show love, mercy, respect, and dignity), the golden rule becomes the exemplification of the Holy Spirit’s divine revelation concerning the Gospel of Christ—concerning the One who not only shows us how to fulfill the teachings found in the Law and the books of the Prophets, but also gives us the power and authority to accomplish them.
The uncomfortable truth is that it was Palm Sunday to First Fruits that created a holy week—holy because of the Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread (of which the first and seventh days of this second feast are high-day Sabbaths; the first 2 of 7 annual HIGH HOLY DAYS/annual High Sabbaths), and First Fruits (Resurrection Sunday). Most important is the fact that the Feast of First Fruits came after this true holy week’s regular weekly Sabbath ended! These holidays/feasts and Holy Days are God established, as commanded in Leviticus 23!
We are meant to be lighthouses aligning the shores of the sea of life—shining our lights in such a way that we become beacon lights that guide the world’s unsaved masses to the true Light. In other words, we believers in Christ are called to be visible lights that point spiritually unenlightened souls to the true Light of the world—Jesus Christ.
Believers in Christ know that the moment the Vine no longer abides in them and they no longer abide in the Vine is when they also no longer can be fruitful Vineyard workers. That is why the Vine and Vineyard motivate Christ followers to continue to stay present in the Vine and the Vineyard—to continue to remain connected to the Vine and Vineyard—because they are these believers’ sources for love and joy.
The only way we will be able to produce the Fruit of the Holy Spirit is to answer the Vine’s Divine Call and then yield to the Husbandman’s Divine Care.
God does not want us to have any divisions. This truth is why He is not pleased with our different ideologies, theologies and denominations. He sees how they divide us into opposing groups of disciples. He sees how our friendly-fire skirmishes deny the Oneness that His indivisible Unities give us. This truth is why we—Christ’s Disciples—need to seek and receive the Oneness that God desires to see in Christ’s ONE Body.
The Lord’s moral lesson in His Dragnet parable is this: There is a day of reckoning coming—the day when the Lord will separate true believers from pretend believers. Jesus Christ also is teaching us that being caught in the net in no way means that every fish is a “good” catch. These Divine Truths are why we should not see weekly attendance at and involvement in local “churches” as signs of authentic Christianity.
Christians’ lives belong to Jesus Christ. This Divine Truth is why they never should forget it is to Him they will have to give an account of: their actions, spoken words, and thoughts; how they used His spiritual gifts, natural talents, and time; and whether they used His gifts of Grace, Salvation, Holy Spirit, and godly Characteristics to glorify Father God and minister to people in need.
Natural darkness is more convenient for career sinners—thieves, robbers, drug pushers, murderers, prostitutes, adulterers, and so forth—who find it easier to commit their evil deeds in darkness. Sadly, there also are carnal Christians who find natural and spiritual darkness to be more convenient, because they prefer their old life of habitual sinning to their new life of faith walking. Therefore, because they love their sins and hate having them exposed by God’s Light, both career sinners and carnal Christians choose to walk in their own ways—the ways of darkness—instead of choosing to embrace the supernatural Light of Jesus Christ, believing totally in the Word of God’s divine Truths, and walking only in God’s Ways.