Day 14: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Rev. Sela Finau
Scripture: Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)
Devotion: During the season of Lent, we reflect on our relationship with God and examine our hearts. Peter once asked Jesus, “Lord, how many times should I forgive someone who sins against me?” Forgiveness can be a difficult act, especially when someone has hurt us deeply. However, Jesus teaches us that forgiveness is not just a one-time act but a way of life.
In our individualistic culture, we may be tempted to only attend church when it meets our personal needs and to leave if we are offended or hurt. But Jesus calls us to a higher standard of love and forgiveness. As we gather with other believers, we have a responsibility to forgive and uphold one another.
Forgiveness is a gift of God and a powerful sign of our spiritual maturity and life together as Christians. When we forgive, we gain strength and freedom to refocus our emotional energies and grow closer to God. It is important to remember that forgiveness does not mean we need to be a recipient of abuse or mistreatment. Instead, it means we choose to release our hurt and anger to God to work healing power in our lives.
So, as we journey through this Lenten season, let us ask ourselves: Whom do we need to forgive? Are we willing to extend the same forgiveness that God has shown us? Let us reflect on the heart of God, and allow God to work in us the power of grace.
Prayer: Merciful God, Help us to become more like you. Amen.