Hello again 🙂
The number one question I was asked after my last post is: “what do we do with repeat offenders, surely that deserves redress?…this is because I defined Forgiveness as giving up your right to redress.
My answer is:
“how did Christ deal with you?”
The scripture says “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
Matthew 6:12 , we all understand the principle of sowing and reaping, but have we ever stopped to think that forgiveness works the same? you can’t harvest it if you are not willing to sow it, hence “AS WE FORGIVE”.
I deliberately chose the King James Version because of the word debt…a debt collector keeps record and follows up on the agreed due date but in God’s kingdom all debts are written off.
It is a sacrifice in good faith that the person you are giving it to should not take it for granted. A parable is told of a man who was forgiven by his master but when he was given the opportunity to do the same, he did not. His master called him wicked and handed him over to tormenters. “Matthew 18:25-35”
Our inability to show compassion being receivers of grace is wickedness.
“Then Peter came up and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”
So what should we do to repeat offenders?
70×7 times for you can only be forgiven as much as you forgive!!!
We cannot try to change this to suit our situations, instead, we need to take His word and apply it as is. Forgiving is not easy and it can’t be done from our human strength we need supernatural help to do it.
And this is why in the next post, I will give examples of how unforgiveness affects our intimacy with God.