Sunday, September 12, 2010


Luke 17:4 - "If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him."

Isn't forgiving hard? When someone does something wrong to you, don't you want to get back at that person? Brothers and sisters are great examples of that feeling. They usually try to get back at each other. But that is not what God wants you to do. When someone does something wrong he asks you to turn your other cheek (Luke 6:29) and forgive them. This verse specifically says you are supposed to forgive a person continually. Someone I know had me think about it this way: forgiveness is love expressed in difficult situations. Does that make sense? When you forgive someone, it's difficult. Our nature is to get back at them. But when you say, "I forgive you," you are showing love to them by saying that it's okay. So, try it. The next time someone does something wrong, forgive them with a willing heart. And remember, don't dwell on it once you forgive them. That just makes things awkward and it can make you even more angry. But when you forgive, love them and be compassionate.