15 And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
16 Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
You can always give a seed of prayer - a seed of forgiveness, a seed of love and joy.
You can always plant a seed of faith, believing, love - prayer in another person's life.
It saves the sick - save and heal are interchangeable words in the Greek language. "Sickness" may refer to a weakness or inability, disease or sin - anything that is "wrong" in life. In other words the prayer of faith works to do good in whatever area has gone bad.
The prayer offers healing and blessing. We experience love as we give love away. We are blessed as we bless others.
14 For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.
When we plant a faith believing prayer in the life of another person, do it with love, with joy, with a spirit of forgiveness, and expect God to multiply that seed in your own life.
2 Cor. 9:8-10
8 And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
9 As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever.
10 And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].
- God is the one who makes grace abound to you, provides sufficiency in all things - all things beneficial in your life come from God's Hand.
- You are given sufficiency - self-satisfaction, contentment or completeness to be a blessing to others.
- God who gives it to you - He is the one who meets your basic needs, multiplies your seed sown to share with others and energizes you spiritually with love, joy and peace and other fruits of the Holy Spirit flowing freely in your life.
16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
"Loved" - unconditional, loved by choice; an act of the will, it is unconquerable, undefeatable goodwill and seeks the highest good.
- God so loved - His motivation for giving was love.
- God gave - His love turned into an act of giving.
- He gave His only begotten Son - gave the very best.
- God gave to get man back from Satan. His deepest desire is to have man restored to Himself.
- What is your need? Your giving - as an act of your deepest love and strongest faith - this is the key to having that need met.
- God gave sacrificially. Our salvation cost Jesus His life (John 2:24) It costs us full repentance and the giving of our lives to God.
- God's plan works. Souls are saved because God gave His best fruit and gave expecting to receive. God himself is our role model for giving - and receiving!
Matthew 25:34-40. All our giving is to be as to God, our Savior. The person we feed becomes as Jesus to us.
Matthew 25:34-40 (Amplified Bible)
34 Then the King will say to those at His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God and appointed to eternal salvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me, 36 I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me. 37 Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, or naked and clothed You? 39 And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You?
40 And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me.
How do I know my Lord? We know Him in doing His works and in doing them as much to Him as for Him. We know Him by putting our arm around those who are desperate and in need. When we do this we are doing it to Him. To meet the needs the focus of our faith is on Jesus and Jesus alone. He is our source. He alone supplies our need.
We give to others but our focus and faith is directed to God and offered as a service to Him.
He alone is our reason for being.
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