Story of Forgiveness
21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
23 “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him.
24 In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars.
25 He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.
26 “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’
27 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.
28 “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.
29 “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded.
30 But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.
31 “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened.
32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me.
33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’
34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.
35 “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”
Forgiveness is a difficult process. Many of us are challenged by giving heartful forgiveness because it involves the willingness to transform feelings and attitudes toward an offense. In addition, it requires overcoming harmful emotions like resentment, hatred, and revenge.
I experienced being betrayed, neglected, and isolated. I was pushed away by my own blood and flesh. I experienced being misled and left behind. It was painful and devastating, and I felt the anger inside me-the urge for vengeance.
But who am I not to forgive? Jesus reminds us to forgive not only seven times but seventy-seven times (Matthew 18:21-22)! It is infinity! It means that we should not get tired of giving out mercy to others and to ourselves. We must open our hearts to forgiveness. Regardless of how much painful it is. Because at the end of the day, it is our salvation! God Almighty will judge us according to our hearts’ desire.
But who am I not to forgive?
Our Lord Jesus reminded us to forgive not only seven times but seventy-seven times (Matthew 18:21-22)! It’s infinity! It means that we should not get tired of giving mercy to ourselves and others. We must open our hearts to forgiveness. Regardless of how much painful it is. Because in the end, it is our salvation. Our peace. Our tranquility.
It’s a reminder that God Almighty will judge us according to our heart’s desires and actions toward others.
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