Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.”
Matthew 18:22 (NIV)
Jesus, thank you for dying for my sin when you died on the cross. Thank you for forgiving me every day, even when I keep doing that same thing over and over again. Thank you for freeing me from the weight of guilt and sin. As I remember what You did for me, help me to forgive others, even those difficult to forgive. Amen.
I have struggled in my life to forgive. I want limits, like Peter did — seven times, and then I’m done. Yet as a believer, I have access to limitless love, forgiveness, acceptance, and grace. No matter what I have done or will do – it was and is forgiven – once, for all. So when a certain person does that certain thing they do every day, how do I keep forgiving? While this is not easy for me, I remember that I have been forgiven, over and over again. I remind myself that I am that certain person who does that certain thing every day, and Jesus has already forgiven me. Beth Moore says, “We are not free to love in the true intent of the word until we have found love” (Praying God’s Word). The same can be said of forgiveness. Once we have found our freedom in God’s limitless forgiveness, we are free to forgive others. His grace is enough.
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