The statement to live by for week commencing 13th May 2013 is…
I try to forgive people when they hurt me.
Peter came to Jesus and said Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “not just seven times, but, I tell you, 77 times”
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
When Jesus says, “77 times”, he doesn’t mean that after a person has hurt us 77 times we can then hold a grudge and don’t have to forgive them anymore. No, in biblical language, ’77’ means ‘billions’. It means in number too big to count. In other words, we should always forgive.
Sometimes it’s really difficult to forgive other people and God knows this which is why God gives us the Holy Spirit to help us. In the silence of our own hearts let us first of all tell God we’re sorry for the times we couldn’t forgive and then ask the Holy Spirit to be with us to help us in the future………
We would never have the strength
to forgive anyone even once, Father in heaven,
without the help of your Holy Spirit.
Help us to think often of your help and your love
when we are in danger of losing patience with others.
Through Jesus your Son
who showed us how to forgive. Amen.
We go out now ready to forgive and ready to ask for help from God’s Holy Spirit when it is needed