The Soul of the Gospel
THERE CAN BE NO PEACE WITHOUT FORGIVENESS.
When we forgive, we share the love of God with others and rid ourselves of dangerous poisons that can prevent us from growing spiritually. But that doesn’t make it easy.
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘How many times shall I forgive a brother or sister who has sinned against me? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but seventy-seven times’” (Matthew 18:21).
Without forgiveness our souls begin to fill with anger, resentment, frustration, and anxiety. Choosing not to forgive someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. When we choose not to forgive, we turn our backs on God and the-best-version-of-ourselves.
Everybody needs to forgive somebody. Whom do you need to forgive? Whom is God inviting you to forgive?
Excerpt taken from Chapter 12 of Matthew Kelly’s new bestseller Rediscover Jesus. Get your free copy here (just pay shipping).
In the video, Matthew mentions Dr. Allen Hunt's book Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody. Get your free copy here (just pay shipping).
How seriously do you take Jesus’ invitation to forgive?
Identify someone in your life that you need to forgive, and ask for Jesus’ help to forgive that person. Need help? Check out these three steps to forgiveness from Father Mike Schmitz from our Best Advent Ever™ program.
Jesus, you forgive me even though you know I am going to sin again. Teach me to be that generous with my forgiveness.