Later Peter approached Jesus and said, “How many times do I have to forgive my fellow believer who keeps offending me? Seven times?”
Jesus answered, “Not seven times, Peter, but seventy times seven times!” Matthew 18:21-22
Someone once asked me, “How do you know when you’ve forgiven someone?” My answer: When you can think of them with love. Until those feelings of hurt and anger stop pouring out of you when you talk of them or talk about the situation.
If Jesus could love that much, how can I not also if I am indeed His. Until I release it, it will hold onto me like a stubborn stain on a favorite shirt. Gods stain remover is the blood of Jesus.
Unforgiveness is like formaldehyde, it will preserve bitterness forever. Love on the other hand, encases your heart like a shield and deflects the arrows back onto those who sent it. Love covers a multitude of sin.
Let love have its perfect work in your heart today. What happened is in the past, its a part of your journey. It may have been a wild ride, but perhaps God needed to refine you as pure gold so that what comes forth will be more valuable to Him.
Father, I choose to exchange every hurt for love. I pray blessings on those who have attempted to harm me with their words. Every word curse that’s been spoken against me, you have stopped and turned into a blessing. You are indeed an awesome and mighty God.
Lord, you are so good to me, so kind in every way and ready to forgive, for your grace-fountain keeps overflowing, drenching all your lovers who pray to you. Psalm 86:5