And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive. – Luke 17:4
Let’s be honest. This forgiveness thing Jesus keeps talking about is hard work. Forgiving others isn’t natural for most of us. Most of us harbor resentment against at least a few folks.
I’m convicted by this single verse from Luke 17 today. I have at least three folks, who personally acted in ways I don’t think I’ll ever understand. Not understanding the motivations or their actions makes it hard for me to forgive. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus ups the ante even further, he says we are to forgive, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. (Matthew 18:22)
Forgiveness is the bridge that Love builds to conquer the divide between us.
So, this is a simple but difficult challenge. Who do you need to forgive? The simplest way to find out is to search your soul for resentment. Spend some time, figuring out the “who” you need to forgive. Then, spend some time figuring out “why” the resentment is still there. Finally, if your human you may need help with this step, ask God to help you forgive. Remember the cross? God is amazing at this whole forgiveness thing, so ask the expert to show you the way.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Amen.