Jesus Taught Forgiveness

Are you struggling to forgive one who has harmed you? Has your inability to forgive turned to bitterness and is eating away at the center of your life? Or maybe you have learned how to forgive?

No doubt many are somewhere between revenge and true forgiveness; if so, trust these comments will be helpful. After Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, He gave the Model Prayer. In this prayer were these words, “And forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors.”

I suspect this part of Jesus’ model prayer caused the disciples to feel somewhat uncomfortable because they were not perfect and especially Peter; once he asked Jesus: “How many times am I to forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to Seven times?” Jesus’ response was, “I tell you not seven but seventy times seven.”

I understand from Jesus’ response there is no limit to forgiving others. And perhaps some of the most difficult offenses to forgive are infidelity of a spouse, abduction or rape of a child, or death of a child by a drunken driver. But even these are to be forgiven or Jesus would have made exceptions.

Two true examples of forgiveness are when Stephen was being stoned to death, and when Jesus was bearing all the sins of mankind on the cross, and prayed: Father, forgive them: for they know not what they do.”

Father, You are aware of the many times we are harmed by another and need Your help to forgive the offender. You are the authority on forgiveness, so give us grace to forgive others. We ask this blessing in the Name of our Savior, Jesus. Amen


Doris Lisemby