Matthew 18:21-35

So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses. Matthew 18:35

Forgiving others is not something we do automatically. It takes a conscious effort on our parts. Yet, Jesus was very clear on this subject: We are to forgive those who hurt us. Peter thought he could limit the amount of forgiveness he extended in going beyond what was expected by Jewish custom. However, Jesus quickly put a stop to this line of thinking.

For a moment, think about God’s forgiveness toward you. You make mistakes. Yet Romans 8:1 tells us God’s goal is not to condemn. First John 1:9 tells of His willingness to restore you each time you come to Him and confess your sinfulness. Christ’s death was sufficient payment for every wrong you will ever commit. So what keeps you from forgiving those who hurt you? Seeking personal revenge or maintaining a “get-even” mentality only brings more heartache.

David Seamands writes,

Memory healing means being delivered from the prison of past hurts. . . We cannot change the facts we remember, but we can change their meaning and the power they have over our present way of living. . .A major part of the healing process is the discovery that God can take even the most painful of our experiences and work them out for our good and His glory. . .This does NOT mean God is the Author of everything that has happened to us. But it does mean that He is the Master of it all.

Help me, Lord, to forgive those who have wronged me. Heal my memories.

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