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More on Forgiveness

 But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike]. For if you love those who love you, what reward can you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? And if you greet only your brethren, what more than others are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles (the heathen) do that? You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect. – Matthew 5:44-48

 But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses. – Matthew 6:15

 Then Peter came up to Him and said, Lord, how many times may my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? [As many as] up to seven times? Jesus answered him, I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven! – Matthew 18:21-22

Father, we have all struggled with being offended and having to forgive the offender at some point in our lives. Please help us as we try to be more Christ like. Help your children be forgiving as we should. To forgive is to be forgiven. Help us to love and forgive our enemies, friends, family, and anyone else who may offend us. Help us to be less easy to offend and quicker to forgive when we do get hurt or offended. In Jesus Holy name I pray, Amen.

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