“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, Lord how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? Jesus answered, I will tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
If we want to have the happiness in our lives that God wants us to have we must learn to forgive. Forgiveness will relieve our hurts and pains of the past. It will bring back the happiness and joy in our lives. If we have bitterness in our hearts we cannot have the happiness and joy in our lives that we desire. Once we decide to release the bitterness that we have stored and let it go, we will then be able to reap God’s blessings for our lives. Bitterness and pent up anger for something that has happened to us will keep God from operating in our lives and will keep our prayers from being answered. . Matthew 6:15 “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” In the above scripture Jesus promises us that if we forgive others their sins against us he will also forgive us. What better reason do we have to forgive others so that our sins will also be forgiven? A husband and wife cannot start a good relationship with each other if they have any bitterness toward their partner. So many people get married, but try to hang on to something that happened in their past, and are not willing to forgive and let go of it. Over time this will cause problems in the marriage and many times will completely break up a marriage. The husband and wife must always be willing and able to forgive each other, and get over any hurt or pain that was suffered in the past, and get on with their lives and spend their time planning for the future. There is nothing that we can do that will change anything that has happened in our past. Our time is too important to be spent thinking about the disappointments in our life and situations we encountered in our past that we cannot change. We will become much more positive about ourselves, if we only think about our future, and planning for ways to make our life better and more enjoyable for ourselves and our families. Today is a new day. No matter what you have gone through in your past, or endured the trials and tribulations that have befallen you, today is a new day and the time to look to the future Focus on accomplishing your goals and objectives and direct all your energies to the tasks at hand and plan for what lies ahead. We certainly should learn from our past mistakes, and not permit them to occur again, but we cannot change what happened in our past and dwelling on “what ifs” does not accomplish anything. If we can only change our way of thinking and learn to forgive God will change our lives.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
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