Jesus gave us two impossibles¾maybe more¾but two in particular.  First, He said that it is impossible but that offenses will come (see Matthew 18:7).  He meant that we’re going to offend somebody, or somebody is going to offend us.

The second impossible Jesus mentioned is that unless we forgive, we cannot be forgiven (see Matthew 6:14,15).  Unless I forgive someone else for what they’ve done to me, I cannot be forgiven for what I have done to them or others.  Two impossibles.

There is something about offending someone or living in the strain of that offense and being unforgiven that is evidently too heavy for a human being to bear.  It throws us off balance.

I remember once when our oldest granddaughter Brenda, who was ten at the time, came to spend the night with Evelyn and me. But her usual joy of visiting was not present.  Then her mother, our daughter Rebecca, called, and we heard Brenda say, “Mommy, I’m sorry too.”  Then, “Mommy, I want you to forgive me too.”  Apparently, they’d had a dispute.  After that conversation, Brenda relaxed, and we were able to have the marvelous time we always had when our grandchildren visited.

We are affected by forgiveness¾whether we have it or we don’t have it.  I believe we should forgive and plant that forgiveness as a seed of faith.  Whether anyone ever forgives us or not, we are to forgive.  That’s what Christ did on the Cross.  While the soldiers were killing Him, He said, Father, forgive them (Luke 23:34).

Forgiveness is one of the greatest seeds of faith you’ll ever plant because God can multiply it back to you.  Through forgiving, you also can be forgiven.

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