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Forgiveness

June 20, 2016

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Matthew 18:21-35The Message (MSG)

A Story About Forgiveness
21 At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?”

22 Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.

23-25 “The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn’t pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market.

26-27 “The poor wretch threw himself at the king’s feet and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt.

28 “The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, ‘Pay up. Now!’

29-31 “The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ But he wouldn’t do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king.

32-35 “The king summoned the man and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’ The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.”

The Message (MSG)

It is easy to say we should forgive people who trespass against us.
It is easy to say it
How easy is it to do ?
I was recently hurt.
So badly
I thought how could I ever forgive this person
At a time I wished the person dead. It was only for a few minutes but the hurt was so deep that I thought to myself perhaps he should just die.
Most of the time however, I focused on my hurt and my pain my expectations and the things I did.
The sacrifices I made which were touted as being for an ultimately bad motive.
I felt used, depraved and sad.
It was such a difficult time in my life.
But when I realised that despite it all I needed God to forgive me for my role in my hurt.
I needed God to help me through a difficult time.
I had to forgive my trespassers
The friends who turned their backs and laughed at me
Those who thought it was nice to scorn and mock and even those who could have helped the situation but made it worse.
In the end, I forgave and I was blessed for doing so.
I had exams to write and I wouldn’t have passed if I didn’t take that step of forgiveness.

Forgiveness is a really difficult thing.
But if you realise that while holding
On to grudges and wounds, you still need God’s help.
You will see that you have no choice but to do so.
If you expect God to forgive you,  you must forgive others.
This is a lesson I learnt and it gives me peace knowing that my heart remains clear.
Even though I sometimes have those memories and they make me shed tears, I know that I forgave and for that I will always remain blessed.
It doesn’t matter what people have done to you.
Let it go.
Forgive.

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