Seventy Seven Times

"Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting." ~ William Arthur Ward.

I love this quote. Lately I have been thinking about how true it is that people say forgiveness is liberating. It's hard though. We live in a world with such tremendous hurt, that it is naive to tell people to quickly forgive and forget. I think forgiveness is a process- a road- a journey. But, how sweet it is when we get to a place where we can forgive those who have harmed us.

When I think of all the times I have asked God to forgive me, it's rather astonishing knowing that he freely does, that I am made new through His love. It helps me to think more about how important it is to forgive those who I feel have hurt me. No one is perfect, and we all have to ask for forgiveness sometimes.

God wants us to love our brothers and sisters, and loving them involves forgiveness.

 

I pray that today may be a step toward forgiveness.

 Forgiving ourselves... forgiving others... for we have a God who has already done it... A God who so badly wants us to forgive and love each other. And I pray that as you forgive, you will feel the peace and freedom that comes from it.

"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." - Matthew 18:21-22

~Amanda Jensen

~Amanda Jensen

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Kim Turnage wrote:
A difficult journey but a beautiful destination. Thank you, Amanda!

Thu, June 11, 2009 @ 12:12 PM

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