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“Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times? Jesus said to him, “not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22
As We Forgive
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The theme for yesterday was forgiveness.
And I know I’m not alone in thinking forgiveness is hard.
It’s hard to give. Hard to receive.
And it’s hard to read this text and not immediately think of the people who are still waiting on my forgiveness.
Or how difficult I find it to forgive myself.
Or even how it feels impossible that God could forgive all of it.
And this Bible text doesn’t help either.
Jesus reminds us via parable that there is no limit to the forgiveness of God.
And the forgiveness of God is FOR US. All the time. For all the things.
As I quoted Sunday, Lutheran Pastor David Lose said “The failure of the first servant isn’t simply that he won’t forgive his comrade, but that he has just experienced an utterly unexpected, completely beyond-his-wildest-dreams, life-changing moment of grace and seems absolutely untouched by it. And for this reason, he lives devoid of any sense of gratitude. His whole life changed…and he didn’t even notice.”
So I think we should take time to notice.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the forgiving I have to do.
To think about the ways I fall short and mess up and need forgiveness of my own.
So let’s instead start by remembering and noticing the forgiveness we have been given.
Undeserved. Unexpected. Unmeasurable. Unrelenting.
THEN, after noticing what we’ve been given, then we go out, to forgive as we have been forgiven.
Questions for Discussion
If you believe you have been forgiven much, in a totally incomprehensible unmeasurable way, does it change you?
Does it change your relationships? The way you live out in the world?
This week, notice.