I’m half way through NaNoWriMo.

Hello, everyone!
 
I’m half way through NaNoWriMo, which is why I haven’t posted a blog in a while. Hopefully, since we’ve been focusing on “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” in my How to Pray Like an Expert series, you can forgive me for not telling you about this earlier.
 
Janine Mendenhall
 
So what’s NaNoWriMo?
 
Well, it’s basically an annual occurrence when we writers work together to encourage each other to write a novel in the month of November. If you like to write, the website is NaNoWriMo.org. Maybe next year, or next month, we can have our own little writing marathon together. So far this month, I’ve been TRYING to write a thousand words a day.
 
Anyway, I thought I had better give you an update and supply you with some more about forgiveness so here is a very interesting passage from Matthew 18 when Jesus gave His disciples a parable which to me matches no other.
 
Before the end of the month, I’ll post Part 2 of Forgiving Others Is All About Whose We Are, Not What They Did.In the meantime, study this amazing parable, and leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
 

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

 
21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
 
23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.[g] 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.[h] 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant[i] fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii,[j] and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers,[k] until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
 
So what do you think? Leave a comment about your writing adventures with, or without, NaNoWriMo, if you’d like. Even better, what did you think of Jesus’ parable about forgiving others.
 
Be back again soon,

Janine

 
 
Footnotes:
Matthew 18:24 A talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a laborer
Matthew 18:26 Or bondservant; also verses 27, 28, 29, 32, 33
Matthew 18:28 A denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer
Matthew 18:34 Greek torturers
 
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

2 Responses to I’m half way through NaNoWriMo.

  1. Linda Horin November 16, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Unforgiveness is indeed a prison…one that holds us captive in anger, bitterness and unhappiness. There are some things that are so hard to forgive, however. Two of my children were molested by a neighbor when they were younger. Although I didn’t find out about it until they were older, it has taken me a long time to work through Unforgiveness towards him. I sometimes think I am there, then another round of mental health issues for one of my children pops up that is a result of their abuse, and I feel the anger and bitterness creeping back. I realize that it is (I am) a work in progress, and I need to keep bringing it before the Lord.

    • JanineMM November 19, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

      Linda,

      I am so grateful for your transparency. It seems that few people would be willing to share this painful situation, but in bringing it forward, you have blessed me and others.

      That idea of forgiveness being a process is so true. I think sometimes we might feel guilty when we’ve said we’ve forgiven and then find those negative feelings/thoughts creeping back into our heads and hearts.

      You are so right to take it back to the foot of the cross. He is gracious and kind to continue strengthening us every time we do.

      Again, thank you for adding this comment. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

      If you can, please join me here again.

      Sincerely,

      Janine

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