June 22nd, 2008

Buffy counselor

Matthew 18:21-35

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 tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

"The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' The servant's master took pity on him, cancelled the debt and let him go.

"But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.

"His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'

"But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.

"Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."


Forgiveness is kinda like a double edged sword. If you don't do it, then you're character is ill and God will not forgive you. But if you do, then a weight is lifted off your shoulders and love flows freely.

I like to forgive. Sometimes my heart is unwilling and sometimes it takes me a while and sometimes I need to talk to a trusted, third party many times about how I feel about it. But I like to forgive. It feels good to have a clean slate. Or have all the good times remembered and the bad forgotten. I've done some rotten stuff to Lise in the past and she to me. But I feel that our friendship is all the stronger because we forgive each other eagerly. *hugs to Lise*

I apologise to all I've angered or hurt. And I forgive all of you who've angered or hurt me. It feels good to forgive and love instead of hate.