Forgiveness brings healing.
From today’s Scripture: “Peter approached Jesus and asked him, ‘Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.’” —Mt 18:21-22
Forgiveness is not always something that happens overnight. When our brothers and sisters have wronged us, we may struggle to heal from the hurt they have done. Our world is full of people that do not wish to forgive or would rather see others hurt in the same manners as they have. But as we experience this hurt, we must remember that we are guilty of causing hurt ourselves through our sins against not just each other, but against God.
God forgives us for what we have done. He is merciful beyond imagination. Though we may falter again and again, we are recipients of God’s forgiveness an immeasurable amount. May we learn to offer each other the same mercy that God offers us. Through God’s love and forgiveness, we can break the cycles of hurt and unforgiving. Through Him, we can heal.
Let us pray: Lord, today I ask for your guidance as I learn to forgive those who have hurt me. Help me to offer the same mercy you have shown me. Strengthen me to heal and offer kindness where it may seem easier to offer hurt.
Today’s author is Laney Blevins, a member of the Glenmary Communications and Marketing team.