FORGIVENESS Print

“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  As many as seven times?’  Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”  Matthew 18:21-22 ESV

Have you forgotten about forgiveness?  It seems as though much of our world has!  Too many are holding on to past hurts like they are a badge of honor (isn’t that counter productive not to mention self-destructive?). 
And when did forgiveness become a group thing?  Maybe I’m off kilter, but we sin as individuals, we repent as individuals and we seek forgiveness as individuals.  You cannot lump a group together – no matter how homogeneous they may appear on the outside –  and demand some form of group-speak act of attrition!  I don't believe our faith operates that way!

So, here’s the thing . . . if you’ve wronged someone, then it’s your responsibility to seek forgiveness.  If you’ve been wronged by an individual and forgiveness is sought, then it’s your responsibility to forgive!

Forgiveness is an up-close, intensely personal, spiritual act that demands forethought and passion!  And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg!

I welcome your comments if you have more to add.

– Dale