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Seventy Times Seven?

May 27, 2012 by  
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SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN?

(Excerpt from Becoming a Woman of Purpose, a Thirty-one Day Devotional)

“If you are angry, don’t sin by nursing your grudge.  Don’t let the sun go down with you still angry. Get over it quickly.”  Ephesians4:26The Living Bible

The shrill cry of the alarm woke me from an uneasy sleep. Despite the softer greeting of the morning songbirds and the promise of sunshine glimmering through the curtains, I was reluctant to get out of bed. Duty calls, I muttered, knowing it was time to wake the kids for school. Making my way to the kitchen to start breakfast, I realized my disgruntled mood was the result of still being upset with my ten-year-old son, Michael, from the day before.  When is he going to learn to obey me?  I fumed.  And why does he make the same mistakes over and over?  Nothing seems to sink in! Glancing at the clock, I knew I’d better start making the rounds to be sure everyone was up.

As I opened the door to Michael’s room, his tousled, curly head peeked out from the covers. With his oh-so-familiar grin, Michael said, “I’m sorry, Mom.  I didn’t mean to do it.”  Always before, his sweet smile melted my heart. This time I was determined to teach him a lesson he would not forget.

“Michael, you always say you’re sorry.  This time I am not going to forgive you.”  As I shut the door, satisfied that I had followed my conviction, I caught a glimpse of his crestfallen face.

Walking away, I could not erase the image.  “How can you not forgive him?” the Lord whispered in my ear. “Don’t you remember what I have said about forgiving?  Rebuke your brother if he sins and forgive him if he is sorry. Even if he wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, forgive him.” (Luke 17:3TLB)  God’s still small voice continued, “When you honor my word and obey me, you set the example for Michael.”

“Lord,” I argued.  “Forgiving is not easy, especially when someone keeps on offending.”

I stood there struggling with mixed emotions, then admitted, “I don’t like the way this anger is making me feel.  Please! Take it away.”

As I felt the feelings of hostility slip away, I turned around and headed back to Michael’s room.  I knew I had to tell him I forgave him and restore that familiar smile.  I also knew I had to ask Michael to forgive me.

Prayer

Father, help me to remember how many times you forgive me every day, how many times I must offend you. Thank you that you are always eager to forgive. Help me to follow your example.

Discovery

Do you find it difficult to continuously forgive someone for his or her mistakes? Do you need to ask them for their forgiveness?

 

Karen R. Kilby is a certified personality trainer with CLASServices, Inc. providing Wired That Way workshops and seminars and a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries. Karen has had over thirty personal experience stories published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and other Christian publications. She is the author of Becoming a Woman of Purpose, a Thirty-one Day Devotional, addressing relevant issues people struggle with and offering hope for a new outlook on life, shedding light on the need to look beyond the ordinary and encouraging readers to look for God’s involvement in the hum drum of everyday existence. ( www.karenkilby.tateauthor.com.)  Karen was recognized as FamilyTime’s 2010 Woman of Achievement for the Arts and resides in Kingwood,Texas with her husband, David.

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