by Yvette van Niekerk
Matthew 18: 21 – 22 AMP
“Then Peter came to Him and asked, “Lord, how many times will my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? Up to seven times? Jesus answered him, “I say to you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven.”
I realized that I have been struggling with an unforgiving heart or spirit. On Sunday, I was listening to my Pastor preach, and something he said reminded me of my ex-husband. What he did to me and then I was in a state. I thought I had forgiven this man for all the things he has done to me. I didn’t, and I also realize that to forgive someone, it has to be a conscious decision on your side. I thought I let it go, but I didn’t.
It took me a couple of days of saying it to myself that I have forgiven that man. You won’t believe me, but before I said that, I was so heartbroken.
I know when reading the Bible that we are required to forgive someone for their offenses. I know I had to decide yes or no.
So when I think of Jesus and His disciples, it’s something I need to forgive 490 times a day! I can’t believe its possible, but that is a considerable amount of forgiving.
I have made a decision today actual right now, and I will live in forgiveness. It’s not that easy, so many things upset me all the time. So I need to learn forgiveness, and it must be a constant thing in my own life.
I know Jesus taught us to pray the Our Father, and on a further study, it struck me that we are asking Father God to forgive us as we forgive others. If I am not going to forgive people who hurt me, then why would God the Father forgive me?
I want to move on in my life, and I need to stay focused, I will not let unforgiveness break my relationship with God the Father.
Father God, I want to remind You of Your Word in my life today. I have decided to follow Jesus, and I also have decided to let go of offenses and unforgiveness in my own life today. I trust that You God have mercy on me today. I believe that surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Lord, I am reminding You on “As the heavens are high above the earth, so great is Your mercy towards those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” I declare this word into my own life right now, and I trust in You Abba Father, I draw a hedge of Jesus Christ’s blood around my family and me. Amen
Yvette van Niekerk
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