It Can Be Done

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Forgiveness”……it is a critical component within the life blood of all relationships. No relationship can be sustained without forgiveness. Have you ever asked yourself what is the limit of forgiveness? How many times do you have to do it? There must be a point at which even a good thing turns toxic and has hit its limit?

In Matthew 18:21,22 one of Jesus’ disciples named Peter asks Jesus, “ Lord if another member (participant) of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times seven?” Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but , I tell you, seventy seven   times."  The biblical numerology here does not literally mean to count to seventy seven, and then seek revenge. Seventy- seven is seen as a number that represents infinity.

As challenging as it is, I think forgiveness may be the supreme virtue. Stephanie Dorwick in THE ART OF LETTING GO says,” I will attempt to go on loving the life in you, even when I totally abhor what you have done or what you stand for. What’s more, I will attempt to see you as my equal, and your life as having equal value to my own, even when I despise what you do and everything you stand for.”

This is, of course, awesome to translate into practice. In emotional terms, it is Everest without oxygen, or Wimbledon without a racket. Yet by the grace of God that has first forgiven us, it has, and can be done.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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