I woke up quite early today for a Saturday especially after sleeping by few minutes past the midnight. Lo and behold, the dailyverse on my phone notified me of today’s verse:
21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me Up to seven times
Just like every human with blood flowing through his veins and arteries, we always want to know the limit to which we can say it is enough to forgive. Someone may have tampering with Peter’s fishing nets or his hard earned fishing boat. The fish seller in the market of Galilee has refused to pay him despite selling all his fishes. It could have been anything but it sure worried Peter.
To forgive is to pardon, to waive any negative feeling or desire to punishment or revenge. It is natural to want to be even but noone will ever be satisfied. The parties involved in continuous inability to forgive will never reach a consensus of even-ness unless one or all parties actually forgives. Revenge is born from the inability to forgive and let go and it has the potential to subsequently propagate hate and counter-revenge.
Jesus answered Peter saying in verse 22 of Matthew 18: “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”
Jesus went on to talk about the unforgiving servant but summarised with this:
“So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
So friend, just forgive and move on. Learn from the situation and move on. You may not forget but you must forgive. Use your energy positively than on awaiting revenge or plotting to get back. Rejoice and be happy.
By Chibuzor Amos (@AmosCP)
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