Forgive. Forgive. Forgive. Forgive. Why do I repeat myself? To make a point? Doesn’t this sound repetitive? Isn’t it enough to write the word once? Some of us need to hear it over and again when in fact we think once is enough. Not only do we think once is enough to hear it. We think once is enough to do it. To forgive.
What does Jesus say about this? When Peter asked Jesus how many times he had to forgive, he got a clear answer. The same clear answer we need.
70 x 7. Wow. 490 times. In a single day!
Why do I tell you this? Why do I refer you to this story? I am compelled by the Lord to do so. And some of us, I believe, have gotten tired of forgiving. Of forgiving the same person over and again. Of forgiving people in general. Of forgiveness altogether. We would rather hold onto our resentment, hurt, bitterness, vengeful thoughts, vengeance even, anger, judgment, condemnation, pride, lack of love, lack of mercy, self-righteousness, well, you know, you get it. Do you? All of this is sin we need to purge from our hearts, thoughts, mouths, and lives! And we need to do what? FORGIVE!
Do you and I get it? We need to be reminded sometimes to forgive because it doesn’t come naturally to our flesh, does it? And forgiveness is a MUST. It’s a command of the Lord!
So for Christ’s sake, let us forgive, forgive, forgive, forgive. As many times as we need to forgive, with the love, mercy, grace, and strength the Lord gives us, let us forgive!
Oh Father, sometimes it seems impossible to forgive! Sometimes it seems just way too hard! Sometimes it feels so awful to even think of forgiving! But Lord, I know that we MUST. You command us to forgive! Just as you forgive us, dear Lord, we need to forgive others. So please, dear Father, for everyone reading this and myself as well, help us desire to forgive. Help us be willing to forgive. Give us the love and mercy to forgive. Help us to forgive, forgive, forgive, forgive. Help us to obey you when it comes to forgiveness, dear Lord, and thank you! Thank you in advance, in Jesus’ precious almighty name, AMEN!
“Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22