People. They can really get under your skin. Some people say things that are downright rude and have the nerve to end it with ‘lol’. Others will give you their word that they will be a certain place at a certain time and when you look for them, they conveniently don’t answer a call, text, tweet, or smoke signal. Some folks owe you money that should have paid you back 7 months ago. Other people take advantage of your kindness and by the time you have realized it, you are out of a tank of gas, 4 hours of sleep, and $30 worth of food. You gave someone a place to stay for a week, but all you need is a listening ear, and they are too busy. You thought they loved you, but they instead left you. You are upset about it. People you considered a friend have done you wrong. They have done this before. You are sick of it and are ready to quit on them. You turn to God for help ‘God what should I do? This is the hundredth time!’ God says, ‘Keep counting.’
Forgiveness is a word that causes some to cringe. It is something that many of us maybe dettached from. By definition, forgiveness is the process of concluding resentment, indignation or anger as a result of a perceived offense, difference or mistake. Being offended can cause anger, bitterness, dettachment, and a plethora of other emotions that can cause physical, spiritual, and mental toxicity. But the beauty of forgiveness is that it is a choice. It is in your hands!
In Matthew 18: 21-22, Peter asked Jesus how often should he forgive someone who wrongs him. Peter wanted to know when someone had exhausted all of their chances and enough was enough and figured to throw 7 out there since that seemed like a decent amount of times to forgive. To his surprise, Jesus responded ’70 times 7!’ I would like to see the person that keeps a record of offenses like that. Even God doesn’t do us like that! Hebrews 8:12– For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. I encourage you as you grow in your Christian walk, to keep counting and lose count. Forgive and let your actions show the love and grace of God effectively in your life. Easier said than done, but nothing is too hard for God. (Jeremiah 32:17)
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