Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 (NLT)
This morning in something I read for worship I read about forgiveness. I had to admit there are some folks that have recently done hurtful things that I haven’t forgiven. How do I know I haven’t forgiven them? Whenever their name comes up or I think about the situation I get angry. I have prayed about it but am praying as I willingly hold on to my anger. Truth be told, there were some injustices done and if I were looking at it in my humanness, I would have a right to be angry. But God, in his wisdom, doesn’t use that as a guide. Can you imagine if God used the same guidelines we use on others for us? We’d never be forgiven. Maybe that’s why he says to forgive as we’ve been forgiven or to forgive each other seventy times seven times. There is no limit to God’s forgiveness and there shouldn’t be any to ours. Today I choose that whenever I think of these latest hurts and I start to get angry, I am going to give it to God. I am going to remember that I too have much to be forgiven for and with that knowledge, I will choose to forgive and let go. It may not change the person I am forgiving, but choosing to let go of this angry place in my heart will sure change me.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, if my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive him? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” answered Jesus, “but seventy times seven, because the Kingdom of heaven is like this. Matthew 18:21-23 (GNT)