Walk in Forgiveness
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “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.” Matthew 18:21-22
I once heard a story about a boy named Timmy. While playing soccer one day, he was knocked down by a bigger boy. When Timmy went to get back up, the same kid pushed him down again. It was at that moment Timmy felt a burning sensation on his knee and when he looked down that’s when the blood started to flow out of it. His father was there to put medication on it and bandaged him up. However, everywhere Timmy went he would tell people the story of how he got hurt and then would rip off his bandage to show them his wound. Every time this happened, his father would re-bandage him up. Finally, his father said to him, “Timmy, you have to stop ripping your bandage off and telling people about your wound because it will never heal.”
Many times in our own life we act like Timmy. After we’ve been hurt by someone, our Heavenly Father desires to heal our wounds; however, we continue to rip off our spiritual bandage and tell everybody our story. The advice that Timmy’s father gave to him is the same that our Heavenly Father gives to us. God is saying to you today, “My child, you have to stop ripping your bandage off and telling people about your wound because it will never heal.“
We have to let go of our past hurts and allow God to heal us. The only way for that to happen is if we forgive those that have wounded us. You might be saying to yourself, “Pastor James, you have no idea what this particular person did to me.” You’re absolutely right! I don’t know what the person did to you, but God does know and that’s all that matters. He’s the one that will bring the healing into your life. So, how do we forgive those that have hurt us? The answer is by showing them God’s grace.
John 8:11- She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
This woman was a harlot and should’ve been stoned to death due to the law, but Jesus forgave her and He did it by showing her God’s grace. The next time someone hurts you, show them God’s grace and walk in forgiveness.