Forgiveness is hard. It is not easy. We don’t always like it. We don’t always want to do it.
Some folks have wronged us in some big and bad ways. They have hurt us, angered us, cause harm to us.
We don’t want to forgive.
It’s never easy. And, even the most devout saint, they never enjoy it.
But, we must forgive. Listen to what Jesus says today in Luke 17:3-4:
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, “I repent,” you must forgive him.
Forgiveness. It doesn’t free “them.” It frees “us.” When we don’t forgive. When we hold on. When we keep grudges, when we keep old hate, old wounds, old hurts, when we hold onto them for years and years and years, the only person it hurts is us.
We forgive. Because that forgiveness is freedom. Forgiving them doesn’t release them. It releases us. It frees us. It set us loose.
If you haven’t forgiven them, you are captive to them.
Know it’s hard. It’s not fun. And it’s not done magically with one simple word or wish.
It’s done over and over and over again. Daily. Day after day after day. We take it to the cross and we give it.
Today, forgiveness is freedom. When we forgive, we set ourselves free.
Today, may we know that freedom. Today, may we forgive.
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