Tuesday, 26th March, 2019
Reference text: Matthew 18:21-35
Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
On the basis of our individual preferences, there are always some biases when it comes to soliciting the opinion of others. Thus, even though we may appear to have created an open platform which allows for independent thinking and presenting ideas, at the back of minds; there may be answers brewing which we need others to confirm. In effect, others can say what they want to say, but what we want to do, is somewhat already outlined in our mind.
Basically, in the Gospel of today, Peter’s words could be put this way ‘You see Jesus, when my brother does something bad against me, I intend to forgive him seven times; I hope that is fine?’ in that sentence, we see Peter’s position – he had an answer to his own question but only wanted to find out if Jesus agreed with Him.
That is not very different from what we do because like Peter, we also go to God with our answers only needing his confirmation on them. But beloved, God is neither one to be bullied by our ‘suggestive techniques’ nor is He a God whose hand can be twisted to give in to our demands. Instead, He presents things to us as they ought to be presented, speaking the truth in a manner that establishes his perfect blueprint for living well.