April 28, 2014

Forgiving Seven Times Seven

I am thinking of Jesus saying to forgive seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22). I thought of it as forgiving someone completely. Today I have a new thought about forgiving.

Sometimes we forgive someone once and we have flare-ups of anger. Now I realize that anytime I have a flare-up, which may happen 490 times, I need to forgive again.

I feel the anger build and I want revenge. I don't feel at peace. Abraham Low said that we excuse rather than excuse for our own mental health. I need to forgive so I can maintain my mental health. My mental and spiritual health are more important than revenge and bitterness.

I'll keep working to forgive 490 times.