Those closest to Jesus asked him to increase their faith:
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" - Luke 17:5 NASB
But it was not when He sent them out to…
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. - Matthew 10:8
For this they needed His gifting…
Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. - Matthew 10:1
So what is it that brought attention to their need for faith?
Jesus told them…
Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' forgive him. - Luke 17:3-4
You see—if God gives you a commission (like in Matthew 10:8) he supplied the authority and power to complete it. They did not ask for faith at this stage. They had seen Him operate in healing and these other powerful manifestations of the presence of God.
The thing that stirred up a realization that they needed more faith was the command to forgive the ones who didn’t seem deserving of such grace.
Forgiveness is a lynch pin of the Christian walk. [Tweet This] Many today, if asked the main reason to embrace Christ, would give an answer that includes the forgiveness of their sins.
Jesus, more than once makes forgiveness of our sin contingent on our forgiving others…
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. - Matthew 6:14-15
The disciples who no doubt had this floating in their consciousness became concerned when Jesus further laid out how serious He was about forgiveness. If you forgive, and the perp just keeps on messing up, you must continue to forgive.
“Whoa man—I need faith.” ~ The disciples. (My paraphrase.)
Lord, please increase my faith and give me the grace to forgive all who you bring in my path. They need to see a demonstration of Your character, and you’ve put them in my life for that purpose.
See you again soon.
Forgive somebody today.