The statement to live by for week commencing 9th June is…

I try to forgive people when they hurt me. Matthew 18: 21-22

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 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.