Thursday, April 7, 2022
Listen and Forgive
“16 if he will not listen; 21 how many times must I forgive”
Every day there is a new headline of someone being killed. Many times, the culprit justifies their actions by words like “he needed killing” or “he done me wrong.” There is nothing but hatred in their hearts. They didn’t choose to listen to reason. They definitely didn’t forgive.
Has anyone ever “done you wrong?” Regardless of the extent of the wrongdoing, did you confront that person? Did they apologize? No? Then what did you do? Did you forgive them? Keep after them? Retaliate in the way they wronged you?
Jesus shows us in The Parable of The Brother Who Sins Against You that we are to continue to approach the wrongdoer in a series of steps.
What about the reverse - did you ever treat someone badly and they forgave you? It felt good, didn’t it? Did you then go out and treat someone else badly? Get them arrested or thrown in prison? Did anyone die because of what you did? Hopefully not.
In The Parable of The Unmerciful Servant, Jesus gives an example of what can happen if we don’t forgive.
Jesus listened. Jesus forgave every sinner he met. They still killed him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as we approach the most sacred time in the life and death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, please keep our minds open to forgive those who have wronged us. Help us to remember that we must forgive not once but every time negative thoughts about the wrongdoer surface. Keep our hearts open to loving others as You love us. Open our ears to listen so we may hear Your words. Amen.