What is it that stops you from forgiving others?

What is it that stops you from forgiving others?

Is it the pain of the wrong
burned into your mind and heart swelling up,
causing new pain and hurt?

Is it your pride
stinging from perceived injustice,
not believing people deserve a second chance?

Is it your sense of self righteousness
causing you to somehow believe
some people aren’t good enough to be forgiven?

Whatever the reason,
the words of Jesus are the same:

If someone sins against you,
forgive them.
If they do it again,
forgive them.

As often as you’re wronged,
so often should you forgive.

And when you seem to reach the end of your patience,
remember the mercy and forgiveness
of a God who cancels your debt
time
and time
and time again.

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