By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: February 25, 2018
From Series: The Little Inn That Could
Matthew 18:21-22, “‘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.’”
“To extend forgiveness, we must first experience forgiveness.”
Forgiveness is one of the most important aspects of life. Yet, it is also one of the most difficult things we can ever take part it.
Many times, we look at forgiveness as something we do for the other person. We believe that if we forgive someone for the wrong they’ve done to us, then we are doing them a great service. But in reality, forgiveness is more for the offended than the offender; it’s more for the victim than the vandal.
As you think about your life, are holding onto something someone has done for you? Today, listen to what God has to say to you, and begin to work this week to let it go. Work toward forgiving that person. And experience the freedom that comes with the forgiveness God has called you to extend!
Extending forgiveness is not possible without first experiencing it. And the greatest act of forgiveness is that which God has extended to us. Take some time to reflect on that act (or read about it for the first time), by checking out the Next Step page of Fellowship Church’s website (www.FellowshipChurch.com/next-steps). If you have experienced God’s forgiveness, write down one specific way in which you can extend forgiveness to someone else this week.
Dear Lord, I admit to You that forgiving someone who has done me wrong is never easy. So right now, I ask for Your strength and Your ability to help me forgive those who have wronged me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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