We live in a world where bitterness and hate towards others who have sinned against us is completely acceptable, and where undeserved grace is confusing. When someone wrongs us, why would we forgive them? Can even the worst of sins be forgiven? What do you have in your heart tonight?
It’s a #heartcheck night. Who do we need to forgive? How many times? Surely we don’t forgive unless somebody asks or deserves forgiveness, right?
Be ready to forgive over and over again. God forgives us daily.
Be ready to forgive when people are completely undeserving of forgiveness. We can never earn forgiveness, we can only reason grace for our pardons.
Be ready to forgive when your heart says to hate. Be ready to forgive when you’d rather hold a grudge. We are sinful by nature and do not truly forgive without the help of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 18: 21-22 NIV
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.
Mother Teresa once said,
“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”