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Week 7: Day 2: Release
This day consisted of reading Matthew 18:21-35 in the Bible. The concepts presented in this passage were Peter asking Jesus how many times we are to forgive our brother who has wronged us. Peter suggested seven as the ultimate number we are suppose to forgive someone. Jesus replied, “seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22). Jesus then described a parable of a debtor who owned the king millions of dollars. The master ordered to sell him and his wife, children, and everything he had left. The man pleaded with his master not to do that. The master forgave him and cancelled his debts.
When he left the masters face, he turned right around and found a servant who owned him a few thousand dollars. He chose to not forgive the servant who owned him money and he was eventually put into jail and tortured. The moral of the story was he was forgiven for his debt but he couldn’t forgive someone else’s debt. And Jesus warned that if we don’t forgive others the heavenly Father will do the same thing to you.
Let’s be honest, who hasn’t had to make the choice to forgive someone who has hurt and let them down. Bitterness is easy to allow to poison our very souls. I will admit I have been there and I was stubborn and determined that it was out of my control and power to forgive people that have hurt me.
How many relationships have ended because someone couldn’t forgive? MANY!
Major offences can come occur when the person we love walks away, we’re cheated on, people borrow money and don’t pay us back when they say they would, people criticize us and call us names, we’re fired or laid off, done wrong in a church, and a number of other things. Others may struggle with forgiving the small offences that can still wreak our world if we let it like our children spilling liquids or food, or breaking glass on the floor, our spouses leaving the toilet seat up (sorry men), the lawn didn’t get mow on time, the house isn’t clean, or anything else you can think of. But is it worth it holding on to anger?
Bitterness blocks us from ever finding love again whether in friendship or a relationship. Freedom only comes when we chose to release the hurt and forgive, no matter how painful it might be. Perfection doesn’t exist and we must know we can’t demand ourselves or others to be perfect all the time. We will all make mistakes and offend others at some point.
The question that we must ask ourselves is, “How many times have I personally hurt someone?” We must remember that Jesus forgives us every single time we confess our sins and hurts!
“I received an advance copy of Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First for free for this review.”
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