Did you hear the story?
“The New York mother of two who suffered a serious brain injury and lost the use of her left eye after two teenagers sent a shopping cart crashing down 50 feet onto her says she forgives the boys and is more concerned for the welfare of her own teenage son, who witnessed the accident…Marion Hedges was briefly in a coma and now needs daily physical therapy after two teenage boys hoisted a shopping cart over the railing of a shopping mall parking garage last fall” (“New York Woman Blinded by Shopping Cart Dropped by Teens Forgives Them,” Kevin Dolak and Dan Harris, Good Morning America, Yahoo News).
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Random acts of violence shock us. Radical acts of forgiveness ought to shock us as well.
This week I have been studying Matthew, chapter eighteen. I trust you recall Peter’s question to Jesus related to forgiveness?
Peter: “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus: “Every time.”
Jesus: “Seriously–if you want to be forgiven, you need to be forgiving.”
The Lord’s point is obvious. There isn’t an exact number. Just forgive. The Apostle Paul put it this way:
“Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Col. 3:13).
If you are an unforgiving person, it is because you are not a forgiven person. Forgiven people forgive.
Is God speaking to you regarding this issue today? The article and the Bible should prod us to do some self-examination. Are we refusing to offer forgiveness to anyone?
Think about it.