Jesus’ Life: Chapter 9 – The Way To The Cross
The Apostle, Simon Peter, approached Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother who sins against me? As many as seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, I tell you, but seventy-seven times!”
Jesus was saying that the number of times you must forgive someone, is endless.
Saying sorry and forgiving can be difficult:-
- Sorrow must come from the heart. It’s more than a brief sentence. It is about taking responsibility for the hurt caused, regretting the action; seeking forgiveness and promising to change. That’s a burden, but so was the sin.
- Forgiving means holding no grudge against the person who hurt you. That includes getting back to the positive relationship that existed before the sin occurred. (Matthew 18:23-35)
Repent, forgive and forget; do as you would like others to do to you. That’s what God asks.
Lord Jesus, thank you for revealing to me the glory of your kingdom. Guide and help me to become worthy of your promises. Thank You, Jesus.
Prayer: Abandonment (Charles de Foucauld)
Father, I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you;
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve
and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.