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Romans 4:7 “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered
Forgiveness in the most simplest and most complex form is Jesus on a cross.
Forgivness is something that I’ve always had a hard time with, probably because I’ve had a hard time forgiving people who have hurt me. Because as much as I’ve been forgiven, I have to forgive. I think grace and forgiveness go hand in hand.
Forgiveness comes in a lot of forms…
When we disappoint others, and they forgive us. It’s because of Love.
When we hurt others, and they forgive us. It’s because of Love.
When a husband/wife deserves a divorce, and they choose to work on it, and they forgive each other. It’s because of Love.
When we say mean things that hurt others, and they forgive us. It’s because of Love.
When people leave us, even though they said they loved us, we forgive. It’s because of Love.
When people break a promise, we forgive. It’s because of Love.
When people lie to us right to our face, and we know they are lying… and we forgive them. It’s because of Love.
When we sin against God, and He forgives us. It’s because of Love.
Forgiveness comes in many shapes and sizes, every shape and size needed. No forgiveness is too big or too small. We forgive because we love. Because He loved us first (1 John 4:19)
I’ve learned in my own life that without forgiveness I cannot breathe. I’ve learned that when I need to forgive, I need to pray, they go hand in hand. Sometimes when the hurt is so great, I need to get on my knees to pray, to humbly go before the thorn of Jesus and pray to forgive. To remember what He has forgiven me for.
It’s been quite a lesson lately in asking for forgiveness and forgiving others.
I’m thankful for forgiveness in all forms. It reminds me of the Love of Christ.
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[a]
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[b] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[c] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Song in my heart today. Sometimes I do sing to save my life...