Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them. Luke 17:4
The majority of the world wants to cast judgement and bring on punishment when someone does something wrong. In fact, most people want to have vengeance against those who do them wrong.
People desire forgiveness when they do something wrong to someone else, but do not want to extend that forgiveness to others. This becomes especially true when the wrong being done is done over and over, again and again.
Jesus told the people to forgive a person each and every time that person comes and repents.
It is a guarantee that every person will be hurt by someone else at some point. Believers will even be hurt by other believers, sometimes intentionally, or unintentionally.
When this occurs, many will be like the world and not want to forgive. They quickly forget how often God has forgiven them of the same sin being done over and over, again and again.
God never not forgives a person when he comes with a true heart in repentance before Him. It is always His desire to forgive and restore each and every person as quickly as possible. As soon as a believer realizes and remembers how much God has forgiven him, it becomes easier to forgive another person.
Being unforgiving, condemns the person and does not give him a chance. It places the person wronged in the judgement place of God, which he does not belong.
Forgiving another person of a wrong done shows God’s true love. It points the person to what Jesus did and gives the person another chance to do what is right.
When forgiveness occurs, it restores a relationship and draws people closer to God.
You have most likely had some people do some things wrong to you. Some of those have probably never come back to seek forgiveness from you, while others have repented.
When they come to you repenting, you have a choice as to respond. You can choose to not forgive, or you can choose to forgive. Do not hold a grudge against them, but be willing to forgive as God has forgiven you. Work to restore your relationship and be more like Jesus.
Never stop forgiving others, just as God is not in the character of not forgiving you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how much God has forgiven you; that God will fill you with His love for others; and that you will forgive others as God has forgiven you.