Forgiveness Friday

Think Jesus was serious about forgiveness? Here are some direct quotes straight from his lips:

Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:14-15)

“Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 18:21-22)

To make sure his listeners didn’t miss this crucial point, Jesus told a story about a king who forgave a humongous debt owed to him by one of his servants. But then the servant turned around and refused to forgive a rather minuscule debt he was owed by another servant. What did the king do when he heard what the unforgiving servant had done? Here’s what Jesus said:

Then the master called the servant in. “You wicked servant,” he said, “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 

This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart. 

(Matthew 18:23-35)

Yikes.

Before you live another moment on this planet, I humbly suggest that you take a deep look into your heart to see if there’s anyone you need to forgive. And then ask the Holy Spirit to help you forgive them. Now. Seriously. Please.

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