This weeks statement to live by

The statement to live by for this week is…

I try to forgive people when they hurt me.

It can be hard to forgive others, especially when they hurt us or bother us again and again.  But Jesus said we must keep forgiving people     , no matter how many times they do wrong to us or hurt us.  Listen carefully now to this Gospel reading from Matthew.  In it Jesus tells Peter how many times we should forgive other people.

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”

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”

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………