Five Minute Focus: Forgiveness

How many times are we to forgive someone? The Bible says seventy times seven, or in other words, as many times as it takes. However, it doesn’t mean that we don’t hold the other person accountable when they say "I’m sorry." Oftentimes we are too quick to dismiss others’ apologies with "no problem" or "It’s okay, it’s not a big deal" when how that person acted towards you actually was very hurtful. Jay Adams, in his book concerning nouthetic counseling, notes that it’s important to acknowledge the other person’s apology, to talk about how you felt, and to work together to change so that whatever was hurtful so doesn’t happen again. Take five minutes today to think about what it means to biblically forgive others. Is there someone on your heart that you perhaps need to apologize to or forgive? Are you ready to make the changes necessary to grow from either asking for or giving forgiveness?

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