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Forgiveness

19 Jun

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

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 times seven. (Matthew 18:21-22)

Now, perhaps Peter considered seven times to be quite a lot. When you think about it, we today consider someone sinning against us seven times to be quite a lot. To use an example: if someone steps on your foot seven times, and says, “sorry” every time, you might be tempted to not be all that forgiving the eighth time. But Jesus says we’re to forgive just as we’ve been forgiven: completely. (Though its true Jesus does put a number on the number of times we’re to forgive; seventy times seven, its such a large number that we can safely say its the same as an unlimited number of times. Also, unless we don’t want to be forgiven by God unlimitedly, we will forgive others unlimitedly. See: Matthew 6:12).

This, however, does not mean we should simply stand around and take abuse.- We’re to forgive the person, and then step away from them so that they can’t step on our foot anymore. Yes, Christ tells us that when someone slaps us, we’re to turn to them our other cheek. But in that, we should also be careful to look to Jesus for our example in this. The only time where we see Jesus allowing harm to come to Himself is directly before He was put on the cross; when soldiers hit Him, and when He was whipped, and when He was put on the cross. Both of those times were for our sakes. Jesus knew He had to be beaten and whipped before they’d crucify Him, and the crucifixion was where He’d died for all our sins. Thus, both cases; getting to the cross, and on the cross, where for us. Likewise, when we’re defending someone else, we’re to turn the other cheek. But unnecessary violence ought to be avoided.

The point simply being this: Jesus died to forgive our sins, the very least we can do is forgive other’s sins against us.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Delivered Through Love

 

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