“Forgive, Forgive, Forgive” - Luke 17:3-4

“Forgive, Forgive, Forgive” - Luke 17:3-4

“I am warning you! If another believer sins, rebuke him; then if he repents, forgive him. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive” Luke 17:3-4 (NLT).

Forgiveness is an often-repeated theme throughout the Bible. From cover to cover, God’s Word makes it abundantly clear that we must forgive; even if a person has wronged us repeatedly, we must still forgive. There is simply no other way to view it: God calls us to forgive again and again and again.

“But,” I hear you protest, “So-and-so did such-and-such, and I simply can’t be expected to forgive them again, can I?” Or I hear you saying, “How can I continue to allow myself to be treated like this? It’s just not fair!” Or perhaps, “Well, that’s great for you, but you don’t know my situation; surely God doesn’t expect me to forgive so-and-so…”

But this passage is abundantly clear on the topic of forgiveness: If a fellow believer (not just those who forgive you, not just those you sit next to in church, not just those you feel like forgiving), if any fellow believer wrongs you, and asks you for forgiveness, DO IT!

The Bible doesn’t pull any punches; it spells some things out very clearly, and forgiveness is one of those things. So, if you have someone in your life who you refuse to forgive, isn’t it time you stopped making excuses and forgave them? Isn’t it time to set yourself free from your self-made prison of anger and hate?

“But,” I hear you saying, “This person continues to hurt me over and over, and they refuse to change! Why should I continue to forgive them?” Well, I have three answers to that question: (1) Because holding on to your anger will only hurt you, not them, (2) because Jesus said you should, and (3) because God forgives you over and over and over, even though you keep turning around and hurting Him again and again and again.

Listen to me when I say this, my friends: I’ve been on both sides of this argument, and I can assure you that I have never once regretted forgiving someone. But I have often regretted holding on to my anger for so long; I have often regretted my less-than-Christlike behavior toward my fellow man; I have often regretted the wasted years of anger and frustration I allowed to sap my joy when I could have simply chosen to forgive.

So, I challenge you today to follow the words of Jesus: “Forgive, forgive, forgive!” (I promise you: You won’t regret it.)

Meril Jeffery John.J

Meril Jeffery John.J

If This is God's Will then no man can Fight it

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