Forgiving a wrong done to you, or against you, may feel impossible. The question we tend to ask is why or how? Quietly or perhaps shouting loudly with tears and anquish, we ask these questions of God? Wrongs don’t give anything back to us, so why should we forgive them? Yes, it’s a legitimate question, but it’s the wrong question. How will forgiveness help me? That’s the question we should ask.
Matthew 18:21-22 MSG
“At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?” Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.”
Seventy times seven. Wow! That’s four hundred and ninety choices to forgive. (Yes, I used a calculator to check my figures) Four hundred and ninety. Not to forget, but to forgive. Some wrongs may take every single one of those 490 decisions to forgive in order to dispel them from our thoughts, but man, the healing is worth it. Forgiveness is the path, the way, to begin our healing process from those hurts. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that the wrong wasn’t wrong, but it does mean that it’s hold on us is released. The process of overcoming a wrong begins with forgiveness. Jesus forgives us and He surely doesn’t have to take on our wrongs, but He does. Remember this truth; we didn’t deserve forgiveness either. Choose to forgive, because forgiveness IS the pathway to peace. Jesus will help us navigate through the process of forgiveness; talk to Him about because He is an expert.