Thoughts for the Day #364

 

 

FORGIVE – 70 X7

 

Matthew 18:21-22

 

21 Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

 

 

Unforgiveness is one of the most difficult emotional elements to control.  Many Christians find it almost impossible to forgive those who have wronged them.

 

The inability to forgive has a tremendous impact upon one’s health and peace of mind. Sleepless nights and tormented thoughts are a constant force for many who have been wounded by others.

 

It is tremendously important for us to obey the words of Jesus and learn to completely forgive. Judgment and revenge belong unto the Lord.

 

Actually, the only person that is generally hurt by unforgiveness is the one who find it impossible to forgive the offender and forget the offense.  Peace of mind and spirit cannot exist in the same vessel that harbors ill feelings or vengeance against another.

 

Let us remember that forgiving one that has maligned us does not give approval to their actions. Nor does it in apply approval of their personal life or conduct.  It simply means that you refuse to be bound by their abuse.

 

We, as Christians can rest assured that God keeps very accurate records.  He is the perfect and righteous judge. Sooner or later, retribution will fall upon those who have dared to mistreat the children of God. He does not take kindly to those who abuse His children.

 

Preserve your spiritual tranquility and your physical health. Leave the judgments and vengeance to God. Free yourself from the yoke of the depressed spirit of unforgiveness and enjoy life with increased peace and vigor.

 

It becomes much easier to forgive others when we remember how much Jesus has forgiven us.  Let us remember our own imperfections and grant leniency to those who have done wrong against us. Yes, even it means 490 times in one day!

 

Prayer:

 

My Heavenly Father, I find it very difficult forgive those who have abused me.  Sometimes, they are my close friends and even members of my own family. Help me to remember the many things which you have forgiven me. Help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me, oh Lord. I pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.