‘“Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.’ The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Show us how to increase our faith.”’
Luke 17:4-5 (NLT)
Whoever said forgiveness was easy didn’t have much to forgive. It can be hard, very hard, especially when we try to do it by ourself. That’s why Jesus was challenging His disciples to be bold in their forgiveness. He said, “Even if a person asks forgiveness seven times a day you must forgive!” And I think Jesus was implying more than one day’s worth. I love the response of the disciples. They asked for more faith. Why did they do that? Because forgiveness is more divine than human. Forgiveness is all about faith. When our world of rules, safety and protection is broken; when all sense of right and wrong is violated; when our belief in a sensible world is shattered, it is hard to forgive someone. And it is hard to believe what we thought was true about God and the world we live in, is still true. It takes faith to trust God when we have been wounded. It takes faith when we have to return an act of hate with an act of love. It takes faith when our soul cries for revenge, justice and punishment and God calls for grace. We need faith to believe that God knows, God cares and that God will heal, rebuild and restore us. So today, search your heart. Is there someone you need to forgive? Ask God for faith.
Father God, increase my faith in who You are and Your Supernatural love for me. Help me trust You so I can let go and forgive those that I have refused to forgive. Help me see Your ways and not mine. Help me to forgive others in the same way You have forgiven me.
In Jesus’ name.
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
With faith in God I choose to forgive others
Ask God to bring to your mind anyone you need to forgive. As He does, write their name down. When you are ready, focus on what you need to forgive. What was the offense? How did it hurt you? How is it still bothering you today? By faith, picture God desiring you to be set free by your act of forgiveness. Ask Him for grace and strength. Picture God forgiving you and cleansing you from all your wrongdoing. With that in mind, picture you forgiving the person that came to your mind for their wrongdoing. When ready, forgive the person for what they have done.
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