Forgiveness

Matthew 18:15, 21-22

“Now if your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault while you’re with him alone. If he listens to you, you have won your brother.

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Master, how often shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Yeshua said to him, “No, not up to seven times, I tell you, but seventy times seven!

A lot of us including myself forget this is part of the forgiveness process.  Rather than confront the person who wronged me, I have in the past told everyone else of the wrong before I even try to find out the reasoning behind the action and if it was a mistake to begin with.  All this does is cause gossip and more hurt feelings.  Following Yeshua’s teaching, as I try to do now, I find out why the person did what they did and most times they didn’t realize they offended me and apologize. I also know that people unintentionally do the same bad act over and over again.  A friend of mine has corrected me several times for interrupting her, to my favor they have happened less and less by the correction but I do forget every once in a while and she has to take me aside and show me my fault again and forgive me. By following the Word we are able to keep the body of believers stronger.

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