the extravagance of forgiveness

Peter came to Jesus and asked, “How many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22⠀

Anyone else first read those verses and gasp out loud too at Jesus’ response?!⠀

For me, these verses have actually become a comfort to me on the harder days.⠀

Because I know that in my own strength, I’d be lucky to occasionally offer forgiveness, let alone such an extravagant number of times like Jesus mentions!⠀

But as His child, and because of the cross, I don’t have to do anything in my own strength anymore. Including forgive!⠀

“Love doesn’t keep score, because Love has a bad memory.”⠀

And there is the crux of the matter. With the right heart attitude, we can forgive generously because we have been forgiven much by our generous God.⠀

True forgiveness is not an action after the fact, it is an attitude with which you enter each moment. David Ridge⠀

So God? Would You please help me to forgive in each moment where that choice becomes evident? Fill me with the courage to do so when I am at my weakest, empower me to speak it out loud as I offer forgiveness, and help me to grasp more completely the gift of Love You extended to me when You forgave my faults and flaws upon the cross. I thank You that I am never alone in each moment I face the choice to forgive, and that Your example of generous forgiveness towards all will never fade or pass away.⠀


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