5. Forgiving Others
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We have to express a lot of forgiveness to be like Jesus. How much, you might wonder? Peter had the same question.
Then Peter approached him and asked, "Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? As many as seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not as many as seven,’"Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven. – Matthew 18:21-22
To love like Jesus means to not focus on a person’s wrongs. If someone has offended you, you are certainly justified in feeling your emotions. The key is to not allow your emotions to cloud your judgment of that person.
Everyone makes mistakes. If we are to accept this quality about ourselves, we should do the same for others.
We are all human and in need of the Lord’s forgiveness.
A Broken Kind Of Love
Since we are not perfect, our attempts to love are sure to miss their mark from time to time. Maybe we will forget to show gratitude. Maybe we will at times feel disconnected from God or from others.
Anger could lead us to not forgive and to not show charity unto others.
Despite the inevitable failures, we can always rise from our mistakes and reattempt a love like Jesus.
If God is always present with us, and patient, then that in itself is motivation for us to keep trying to love.
Our love may never be perfect, but His is. And Jesus is the example of what we can aspire to be.
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