Patience is not an easy thing and neither is forgiveness. After all, we are human which means we can only take so much before we are justified in some sort of retaliation. Let's take the apostle Peter as an example. Peter was cool with turning his cheek SEVEN times; however, Jesus had something else in mind.Â
In the New Living translation we read in Matthew 18:21-22, Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?"Â Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven".
And no, this isn't a literal 490 times that we're to forgive!
Biblical forgiveness is equivalent to LOVE! When we CHOOSE to forgive, we are going against our ego, against what our humanity sees as natural, and against what societal culture teach. After all life needs to be FAIR and we are the judges of what is fair and what's not. But then there's the cross! It stands in contrast to all that we feel. The cross says to us, not my will, but the way of love-forgiveness.
Forgiveness is the best nutrition supplement that you can take.
True forgiveness washes out all of the toxins, supplements deficiencies in our character, and helps build our immune system against all manner of curses and attacks. It's a pretty large pill though and it doesn't go down easy. One has to swallow really hard. Know what I mean?Â :-)
However, when one looks at the overall benefits of being quick to forgive, there's simply no better option(s).About the Author:
As a spiritual-futurist, I have a BA degree majoring in history. One cannot know the future without knowing the past which holds clues to what is on the horizon. The world is in such a rapid expansion of knowledge that we are close to entering a tipping point that will forever change earth as we know it.
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