May 30, 2010: What does it take to forgive?

Posted on : May 25th, 2010 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

In Matthew 18:22 Peter asks Jesus how many times we should forgive those who have sinned against us. Maybe seven times? No, answers Jesus, more like seventy times seven.

Jesus calls on us not only to love others but also to forgive those who have hurt us. I understand that it’s possible for love to cover minor grievances, (I’ve been married for 21 years – a lot of love and forgiveness has been done) but what about a serious offense? What if it is something that drives a wedge between two people, causing the relationship to break apart, trust to be destroyed? Will forgiveness resolve the situation or heal the injury? What if the offender does not want to admit his/her guilt? What if the offender doesn’t think he/she has done anything wrong? Sometimes people just feel bad for having been caught or only feel sorry when they are confronted with the hurt they have caused. Tears can be misleading – feeling sorry for what we did is not in itself a sign of real repentance. And it doesn’t help much to restore trust or mend a broken relationship. payroll jobs homely.