Peter once asked Christ: « Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?» (Matthew 18:21-35). Christ answered: not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Christ increased the number in decades, using the number 7 with a purpose and meaning: «Don't count, Peter». At the sermon of «Philadelphia» church Ilyas Mukhametdinov spoke about forgiveness on December, 7th. Jesus brought people the Good News - it means an occurrence of God's grace, of love and God's kindness in forgiveness that is proved with a sacrifice. Ilyas confessed after words of prayer «Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us», he often asks: «No, forgive me in the way You forgive, not the way I forgive others». By this the server pointed out man's forgiveness in not complete, we often conceal, remember evil and we are selfish. If you understand it and constantly remind it to yourself, you should establish and stick to the principle, announced by Christ, in your head: «This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart» (Matthew 18:35).

Pastor Vladimir Batalov preached about the challenge of active Christianity. «There were a lot of blind people in times of Christ, but not many of them were healed». People don't try to think rationally, they don't keep their faith and don't use it. Pastor noticed, Christian «journey» for low roads started with the phrase «I know short way». Unfortunately, then people have to pay much for such announcements. But let us not only judge «foggy» and passive lifestyle, but let's remember an alternative of active Christianity. There are many things that we do here, on Earth, that also carry some meaning in Heavens. Getting rid of carelessness, we can achieve the level of God's pleasant so He would say: «I do it for you» - this is what He says about Abraham and David. Vladimir put active Christianity' challenge into words: deep faith that God is alive, that He helps, heals and loves.

 


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