“Without forgiveness, there is no future.” Desmond Tutu
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Then Peter approaching asked Jesus, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.”
Jesus basically tells Peter that the number of times that he must forgive is infinite.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you must like the person who wronged you or even stay associated with them if they were abusive.
It also doesn’t mean that the guilty person shouldn’t be held accountable if you’ve been harmed.
But you must forgive that person from your heart.
I’m thinking this means that you must genuinely not hold any grievance or grudge against the person who wronged you.
This can take time.
I think it requires grace.
Since Jesus said that if you knew him then you also would know God (John 14:7), it follows that God also forgives an infinite number of times.
That means each of us receives this forgiveness an infinite number of times from God.
The hard part is passing that on to those who hurt us.
It’s a good idea to realize that just as you and I have been scarred by wrongs done to us, so has the person who wrongs us.
God sees beneath these scars and looks upon each of us as a precious son or daughter.
We are all part of God’s one family, no matter our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences.
When we live from that place of oneness with all, we can’t help but be transformed.
Allow the unconditional love of God to melt your heart.
Forgive, unlock the chain that binds you, and be free.
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