That’s a whole lot of forgiving on a daily basis. 70×7. Just think about how many times we sin against the Lord and He forgives us. How dare we not forgive others who wrong us. Forgive and be forgiven. We all have faults and shortcomings, our faith walk levels vary one from another. I know it’s a hard thing to do.. believe me. But we must do it.
“Hmm. 70 x 7…. really Lord?!! Geez. I dunno about all that. I mean that’s a LOT of forgiving _______. I don’t know if I can do it.”
Now look at what Jesus had to say in this conversation:
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. Matthew 18:21-22 NKJV
Dear friend, I know that forgiving someone for a repeated offense can really take a toll on you. I really do. But I say that it is better to forgive and release than to walk around in an emotional imprisonment when that person who offended you has already moved on. Let it go. You will not forget what happened or what was said but you can be freed from holding on to something that is contaminating your spirit.
You can be set free from emotional bondage. The enemy always has a plan to keep you offended. It’s a choice to either allow the Lord to help you let go or to continually be a puppet of the adversary who is on the battlefield of your mind. Thoughts will come in but you can take those thoughts and cast them down. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Don’t worry about what others will think if you keep forgiving someone or even allow your own thoughts to trump the Word of Truth. In Christ we will not fail.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
Be encouraged and stay prayed up. God bless you always,
*I thank my Pastor (Al Brice ) for speaking such a great word of truth and encouragement to me and those who were soaking up the Word given to him by the Lord about forgiveness.