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“Remember, We Too Have Been Forgiven”

Sometimes, it seems we are not as forgiving as we might be. Now if I do something wrong to someone, I sure appreciate it if they accept my apology.

However, has anyone else noticed, it seems easier to ask for forgiveness than to give forgiveness?

In the early verses of today’s scripture reading, Peter thought he was being generous when he talked about forgiving someone 7 times.

Jesus said 77, other translations have said 7X 70 or 490 times. That doesn’t mean we only offer forgiveness 490 times in our life; that would be 490 times for each and every person.

Please read the following verses,
Matthew 18:21-35
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 “The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”

I find a humbling lesson in these verses.
I am called to be forgiving and I am called to treat others as I myself would like to be treated.

If you have some kind of grudge going on with someone or are holding off on asking for or offering forgiveness, read this section of scripture.

Then think of the words from the cartoon movie “Frozen” and Let it go.

Be Blest, Be a Blessing


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