Has someone done something to you that hurt you? Really hurt you? Is it hard to look at that person or talk to him? Do you think you could be friends again? Do you know what to do?
Peter asked Jesus this question, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?" (Matthew 18:21). He used the number seven because in his day, that was a complete number.
Jesus said, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times" (Matthew 18:22). Do you think Peter counted all the times he forgave so he would be justified at seventy-seven times? I don't think so. I think forgiveness became a lifestyle for him. Is it a lifestyle for you. Jesus died so we could be forgiven and forgive those who hurt us.
We can say we forgive, but what is happening in our hearts? Here are seven ways to forgive from the heart:
Think About It
When we truly forgive, we act as Jesus would. That's how people will want to come to know and love Him. Is there someone you nee to forgive? Choose today to take steps to show your offender Jesus' love.
Pray About It
Father God, I am sorry for my thoughts about my friend. I choose today to forgive, and I need your help. Amen.