Monday: 11th November, 2019
Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
Some commands are difficult to disobey and whenever they are virtue related, we almost are obliged to follow them. Today’s instruction to Jesus’ disciples follows this line: ‘If your brother offends you, seven times and apologises an equal number of times, you must forgive him’. When we look at the text, we realise we really aren’t given a choice in the matter- it is imperative that we do.
In effect therefore, we are being told to make forgiveness a habit- something we can offer at every opportunity. However, ‘offending’ should not become a habit just because one is aware of a caveat that compels others to forgive. As Paul writes, do not to receive the grace of God in vain.
My dear, habits do not show up out of nowhere, they become part of a person’s lifestyle as a result of constant repetition. It is true that we are likely to step on the same toes more than once, but this should not become a habit. Keep forgiving, but don’t keep offending.