Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says ” If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day and seven times comes back to you and says ‘I repent’, forgive him” (Luke 17:3-5)
There are many times in our walk with Christ that someone does something to hurt us, whether they did it on purpose or not, and it could be for any number of things, from gossip to infidelity, childish name calling to lying. Some where along the line some one will not love thy neighbor as thy self; and it hurts, some times we find it very hard to forgive and that can be true in many cases.
When we feel that we cannot forgive some one who has sinned against us, let us look at ourselves; when YOU sin against God and ask for His grace and great mercy is God not quick to forgive you?
We are called to proclaim the good news of Jesus and part of that good news is that when we repent and turn away from our sins we are forgiven for our sins. God loves us so much and we must love much, we must reconcile with those who have wrong us and continue to love them, just as God loves us and he showed us his love through Jesus the Christ, our Savior. Forgiveness is not the great undo button and things go back to they way they were or used to be. But in that act is reconciliation and there you will find God and then one can continue to move forward.
Jesus says that no matter how many times somebody sins against you, you forgive them, even if you think they don’t “deserve” it. My friends ask yourselves this, how can you be forgiven when you can’t forgive?
Gandhi once said “forgiveness is an attribute of the strong”.
Forgiveness can be a hard thing to wrap your head around, some one said ” so our sins are forgiven just like that?”, yes, they are. If you read the parable of the prodigal son in the Gospel of Luke, you will find how God forgives us when we ask.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, and pray for me a sinner.