Matthew 18:21-22 (ESV) Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
I have been on the receiving end of forgiveness more than on the giving side. I meant every word of my apologies, and yet, I found myself doing the same thing over and over. During the angry years, after the outbursts, I would apologize and mean every word with all my heart. I never gave a thought to those who were willing to forgive. Today's verse speaks to us about forgiveness and more about the act of forgiving than the asking. Although I meant every word of my apology, I found myself repeating the offense. It wasn’t until I began to think about how many times I was forgiven, did it sink in that the acceptance had to mean that I was willing to stop the behavior and causing the pain. I wonder how many times God has forgiven me for my sin. The answer to all of us... always! Think about that for a while and see if need to change our actions!
Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
Family Devotion: Read this chapter with your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them and discuss. Pray with them.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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