Matthew 18:21-35 (NASB)
21 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Have you been wounded by someone that you love, a family member, some one that you thought was a friend or even if they weren't a friend, they might have played an important role in your life?
Sure. We all have. The question is, have you forgiven them?
Your first response may be that they haven't asked for forgiveness. True and they may never do so. But, for your own forgiveness and well being. You must forgive them. As hard as it might be. I know that it is really easy to say and extremely hard to do.
If you don't forgive them, the anger will eat away at you and can even cause you to become unhealthy. Stress is dangerous. Repressed anger is dangerous. It can make you act out of your character, lashing out at others that are totally innocent, coming out in stressful situations like driving and your work place.
All the more reason to Forgive.
Me? I forgive those that have hurt me with word and or deed. I forgive even though they don't ask. I forgive what happened yesterday and I will forgive what happens tomorrow. I might take a minute to do it, I am human after all. But in the end, I will forgive.
If Jesus can forgive me of the sins of my life I can surely do no less. To not forgive would be a sin. A habit I'm trying to break.