Forgive As God Forgives
Do you struggle with forgiveness? This could mean forgiving someone who's hurt you, or even forgiving yourself and moving past an issue. Your first reaction may be that you'd love to be able to do this, but it's not that easy, it's too difficult to move past some issues. Think about any mistakes you may have made in your life, and how good you felt at the moment the other person says they're going to work towards forgiving you. God does this with us, every single mistake we make, Jesus takes it all up on the cross, and gives us life
Today's Gospel states:'Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. "Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, `Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, `Pay what you owe.' So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, `Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, `You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart"' (Matthew 18:21-35).
In today's Gospel, we hear Jesus talking to Peter about forgiveness, that it doesn't just happen one time, or a couple, or even a dozen. God forgives each and every one of us, over and over, as many times as we seek renewal of His grace and repent. If God forgives us, can we really hold out on anyone, do we have the right? There are some situations that take steps, and more time, but everyone deserves another chance. Take some time to ask God to help you in those places that you need to work on forgiveness in your life.
Today's prayer comes from 'crosswalk' a prayer for forgiving others:
Dear Lord, I thank You for the power of forgiveness, and I choose to forgive everyone who has hurt me. Help me set [name anyone who has offended you] free and release them to You. Help me bless those who have hurt me. Help me walk in righteousness, peace, and joy, demonstrating Your life here on earth. I choose to be kind and compassionate, forgiving others, just as You forgave me. In Jesus’ name, amen.