KEEP FORGIVING EACH OTHER                                  Luke 17:1-4

Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him; and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” (vv3-4)

How much should I forgive? This is a question that often brings agitation when it comes to the issue of forgiveness. How long can I bear with the offence of a brother or sister? For how long should I keep forgiving someone who keeps offending me? Should there not be a limit to forgiveness? The disciples seem to be asking the same questions. Jesus responded by stating that it is not possible that we would not be offended by someone. He also stated that when someone offends us, and seeks forgiveness, we should rebuke them and then forgive. It is natural to feel that forgiveness has its limits, but we are expected as Christians to move to a higher level of forgiveness. While it may be easy to forgive simple wrongdoings and injustices among family members, grievous sins, which cause permanent damage maybe difficult to forgive, yet Christ commands us to forgive, no matter the frequency or enormity of the offence. This is in contrast with the beliefs of the Pharisees in Jesus’ days, who taught that forgiving three times was enough before a person could retaliate. Forgiveness is a must for us as God’s children. When we forgive, we receive freedom and peace which we cannot have by holding onto a grudge. Relationships are restored when we forgive one another. There is no limit to how much we should forgive. To live the life of love that God calls us to, we must keep forgiving.

PRAYER LINE: Lord, help me today and always not to take record of wrongdoings of people around me but to see the best in them. Amen.

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Unforgiveness is the devil’s bait to keep one in bondage. Do not fall for it. (NBC)

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