Manna For Today: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Matthew 18:21-22 – Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Sometimes forgiving can be a difficult task; some hurts are so deep that it may even feel inappropriate to forgive. What that kind of thinking fails to do is to consider what forgiveness does for the one who is forgiving.
Our scale of benefits related to forgiveness is all too often tilted in the direction of the recipient of the forgiveness. There is much to gain by the forgiver.
What would the life experience be for the jailer if he or she never left the job? In the same way not forgiving someone for a wrong they have done keeps you captive and bound.
Alexander Pope said, “To err is human, to forgive is divine.”
Mark Twain said, “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
Jesus says for us to forgive “…up to seventy times seven.”
Matthew 6:14-15 says, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
So what do you do when forgiving is difficult? You forgive anyway and you do it now. You initiate, you facilitate and you benefit and give God glory!
Peace and blessings!