Week 25- God wants me to forgive them…

3 Apr

Forgiveness can be a very daunting task.

Asking for forgiveness is one thing, but forgiving someone else, that can be harder.  In the Bible it says that we are supposed to forgive a single person 7×70 times. 

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”  (Matthew 18:21-22.) 

What the verse actually means is that we are to forgive our brother as many times as he sins, not 490 times.  Even if our brother does the same thing over and over again, and you know that he cannot be trusted, we have to forgive him each time he sins.  Whenever someone atones for a sin, if he really means it and is truly sorry, then Christians are obligated to forgive him, whether we like him of not.

Oppositely, when we sin, we need to ask for forgiveness.  Always.  Sometimes it can be awkward, really awkward.  Especially when the person we sinned against did not even know we had sinned.  But we still have to do it.  We need to truly feel sorry, and we need to try to make things better between ourselves and the person we sinned against.  We always need to atone for our sins, no matter how hard.

VeggieTales Silly Songs

Here are two Veggie Tale clips that I always find educational:

The Grapes of Wrath– This one is longer, but it is a good story

God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!- This one is the ending to the episode, a nice summary

One Response to “Week 25- God wants me to forgive them…”

  1. ofnoaccount April 4, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Your last post about being a rebel who God has loved, purchased, and redeemed gives the instruction to forgive a basis from which we can do so. On our own, our forgiveness of each other would often be incomplete, half-hearted or insincere. But given our changed status and our own forgiveness, we are set free to do so with one another.

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