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September 5, 2020

Let’s face the truth as long as you are living on this earth there will be someone that will hurt your feelings. There will always be the need to forgive and sometimes that person will not even know they offended you. So, to find out what our response should always be let me share the Word with you.

During His earthly ministry, Jesus spoke to His followers and others about forgiveness taking place between individuals. The first recorded time that He spoke about this kind of forgiveness is in the model prayer found in Matthew 6:12. It says, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” He further expounds on this in verses 14-15, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Knowing we are all sinners, Jesus in this passage of scripture revealed there is a consequence for unforgiveness; if we don’t forgive others our Father will not forgive us.

The second time He addresses this issue with His followers is in Matthew 18, a chapter on humility and forgiveness. In this chapter, Jesus uses young children to teach His disciples important principles. He starts by telling His disciples how to be great in the kingdom, He then precedes to talk about the consequences and remedy of offending little ones and the actions of a shepherd in recovering a lost soul. Furthermore, Jesus gives instructions concerning reconciliation with an offender and ends with a parable of an unmerciful servant. The last two verses in this chapter state,” And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”

Amid Jesus’s teaching in chapter 18, Peter asked this question, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?” and Jesus replied, “I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” This means we are to forgive someone 490 times a day (Luke 17:4). 

What am I saying to you?

  1. Forgiveness is mandatory for your spiritual well-being.
  2. Unforgiveness opens the door for torment which can encompass physical, mental, and emotional turmoil.
  3. Unforgiveness allows your offender to control your life.
  4. Forgiveness is more beneficial for you than for the person that offended you.
  5. Don’t delay, forgive today.

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