a thought for the day - Sunday 17th September 2023

Matthew 18:21-35

21 Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ 22Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. “

Matthew 18:21-22

Don’t just forgive once but forgive time and time again. For useless you do Jesus warns us:

35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.’”

Matthew 18:35

Forgive, forgive, forgive and God will forgive you your sins and faults as well. Do not judge and you will not be judged, harshly, by God either. Not an easy thing to do at times is forgiving but it is something our Lord encourages us to try and do and to try we have to. In trying we may often succeed despite the pain and frustration it might cause us. So as the Golden Rule says:

‘Love God and love your neighbour as yourself.’

and remember it's the trying to do so that’s important. For in trying we show that we are willing to do God’s will, even if it takes us a while to fulfil it!