Christian friends I greet you in the name of Jesus, for no other name is greater than the name Jesus our Lord and our Savior. Has anyone ever done you wrong? Has it happened multiple times? Are you struggling to forgive them? Sometimes we find it very difficult to forgive someone who has done us wrong. That difficulty magnifies when the opportunity to forgive appears multiple times. Our greatest struggle with forgiveness comes when we have to forgive the same person multiple times. We all want to limit our number of opportunities to forgive and find the difficulty increases with each opportunity. From that difficulty we have adopted sayings such as, "Get me once shame on you … Get me twice shame on me." This indicates how reluctant we are to forgive multiple times. So much so, that we scold ourselves when we have to forgive someone again. However, no matter how difficult it may be, God wants us to have an abundance of forgiveness.
Jesus does not want us to limit our forgiveness. A conversation between Peter and Jesus in Matthew 18:21-22 reveals how our view of forgiveness contrast with the view Jesus had. The scriptures say, "Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." Luke 4:3-4 further illustrates His viewpoints when he said to his disciples, "If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them."
Christians should seek to forgive. Our prayer life ought to include forgiveness. Are we mindful of the portion in the Lord’s Prayer that says, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors? One of the more perplexing unifications of biblical truths is between God’s forgiveness and man’s forgiveness. God forgives man as man forgives man. The same excuses we offer when we desire forgiveness are easier to be inattentive to when others come to us seeking forgiveness. It is less demanding to request forgiveness than it is to bestow it. We cannot neglect the words of the Apostle Paul from the book of Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
God requires all Christians to forgive continually. Forgiveness is not something we crave only for ourselves but we must grant it to others as well. Alexander Pope said, "To err is human, to forgive, divine."
Until the next time, remember the words of Mahatma Gandhi about forgiveness, "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
May the God of Glory keep you.
Tyrone Sanders is a public speaker and minister. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.