I’m an imperfect person. (understatement of the century!) I’m also a rule-follower. I always have been ever since I was little. I hold myself & others to high standards. This is the reason why my family hates playing board games with me! haha This combination of traits means that forgiveness of others does not come easily to me. But God knows this about me. He & I have had many heart-to-hearts about my need to freely forgive others and give grace. It’s especially hard for me to grant forgiveness when someone has wronged me or someone I love. It just takes me much longer to come around than it might for another person. I believe deeply in loyalty, being a good friend, following rules, doing your fair share, & consideration of others. So when someone crosses those lines & treats me badly, I don’t jump to forgiveness right away. I’m working on it.
This summer has been a particularly difficult time dealing with this subject. There was a specific personal event that occurred in May of this year & I’m still not completely over it. It’s not important who it is or what they did. The point is that I still haven’t forgiven that person. After a conversation with my Mom about it, I grudgingly knew I needed to hit my knees & start praying. We always think of prayer to be a good, easy, wonderful thing! (and it IS wonderful!) But truthfully, when you’re still angry & cynical about the subject matter, sometimes prayer can be slightly bitter. It’s OK to admit it. I’m telling you right now everyone has had a moment when they DO NOT want to pray about something because it means they’re about to get a “kick-in-the-pants talking to” from God that they don’t want. He tends to give unsolicited advice. ;)
A few days after receiving the kick in the pants, I sat down to create my project for this post. I don’t always know what I’m going to do when I go to create for the blog; God speaks to me through the products & my feelings in the moment. I was searching through products & I flipped RIGHT to the 70×7 paper piece from the Illustrated Faith Pop Culture Die Cut Prompt set. I mean… if that wasn’t Him trying to get my attention, I don’t know what is. He sure knows His audience: speaking to me through scrapbook supplies!
Do you know the story to 70×7? Check out Matthew 18:21-22 for the parable:
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’
Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'”
God forgives eternally, and so shall we strive to emulate that. Forgiveness is a difficult thing. We feel entitled to an apology after being wronged, but we should be quicker to forgive so that if & when the apology comes, it can mean SO much more. Some people call this “being the bigger person,” but Jesus would probably call it “being a Christian.”
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