“Let Us Also Forgive”

let us also forgive
by Dona Hake
The love of our Heavenly Father is always available to us. All we have to do is just stay in His presence and walk with Him.   As we continue to grow our reactions to being wronged will be a godly reaction because we are knowing and understanding the depths of His unending love.  We are so blessed as we have been given so much unconditional love. He is the God of a second chance. Yesterday I shared about God’s amazing grace.  I am sure we can all share a time in our lives where after we came to know Him we were given a second chance at something.  Over and over we continue to receive His amazing grace that is shed toward us!

Today I want to share with you to be mindful of giving second chances to others in your life. The giving of forgiveness is that second chance. When someone offends us, it is us that has a decision to make. We can let it go and forgive or  hold something against the individual. If we fail to forgive, we become a prisoner to our own decision to hold on to the offense.    When we are obedient to forgive, we are then free from the effects of an unforgiving heart.  It is only by the power of God’s love at work within us that we can give someone a second chance by releasing them of the offense they have caused you. 
One day the subject of forgiveness came up between the Lord and His disciples and Peter popped a question  I am sure Peter was taken back by the Jesus’ answer to his question.
Matthew 18:21-22 The Voice
Peter:” Lord, when someone has sinned against me, how many times ought I
forgive him? Once? Twice? As many as seven times?”
 Jesus: “You must forgive not seven times, but seventy times seven.” 
Many times we are just like Peter. We want to feel as if we are so full of love, but you see our love has limitations. God’s love has no limitations. Today I encourage you to draw upon the love of the God that has no limitations.    Maybe you will get through your day, and have no opportunities in which you are required to forgive. Know that if opportunities require you to forgive  that God desires you to draw upon His heart of love.   That precious love will give you all that you need, and it will empower  you to freely forgive as many times as you have to. Continue to draw on. and grow in God’s love that you may be able to freely give that which He has given you.

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and
within the reach of every hand.”
Mother Teresa