During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.

Matthew 18:21-22

Peter approached Jesus and asked Him “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?”  Jesus answered “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.”

Forgiveness

Sally KatzPreschool Director Sally Katz, Simpsonwood Preschool Director

Are we supposed to stay in relationships with people who are hurting us over and over again and simply say, “It’s ok”?

Forgiveness means forgetting.  Forgiveness is a choice you make.  Forgiveness means going back to how things were before it happened.  Forgiveness is a gift God gives to those who have been hurt so that when they remember the injury, the memory doesn’t continue to hurt them.  One may or may not renew the relationship with the other person, but if they do, the relationship isn’t held captive to what happened in the past.  It becomes a different relationship.  If the relationship is not renewed, they are able to wish their injurer peace as they move on.

When Jesus states that we need to forgive seventy-seven times, He is letting us know that forgiveness is a process.  It is a process of letting go, letting go again, and letting go again until you can get beyond the event.  Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.”  Jesus invites each of us to make letting go a way of life.

Pray:  Set me free O Lord, from the old hurts that keep aching me in the present.

Read Sally’s other devotional: Reflection on Ash Wednesday