Monday
Jul 19th, 2021
The Games We Play: Sorry (Repentance)
By: Rebecca Hatton
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Matthew 18:21–22 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” (NLT)

In the past year, we put an addition on our house that included a family room and dining area. We then turned our old dining room into a home office. All new furnishings and appointments have made this a great space. I love studying and writing in there. It’s quiet, it’s fresh, and there’s a beautiful yellow Labrador laying on the rug, staring at me. She just likes to be near me. Well, sort of.

At the moment, she’s staring at me because she’s also the dog that chewed up a bright orange highlighter pen on the aforementioned brand new rug while she was left unattended yesterday. She’s not sure if I will call her “Sugar,” or the full name on her papers, “Sugar Earl Hatton.” When she hears that name, she knows she’s in trouble and her ears drop down lower than the Dead Sea.

Mr. Man said, “Now, honey, you have to forgive her and restore.”

“I’ll forgive her,” I muttered, down on all fours, scrubbing that bright orange spot which will never quite come clean. “I may have all her teeth pulled, but I’ll forgive her.”

I’m so glad God doesn’t treat me the same way. One of the most wonderful things we can know about our Savior Jesus is that His supply of forgiveness is inexhaustible. The Bible says God’s compassion never fails and His mercy is fresh every single day (Lamentations 3:22–23). And the bonus? God’s forgiveness includes holy amnesia! (Hebrews 8:12) He chooses not to remember our failures. You gotta love a God like that, y’all!

Listen, Sugar Earl Hatton can’t say, “I’m sorry.” But her sad-eyed stare tells me everything I need to know to forgive her. She could chew up 490 highlighters and I’d still forgive her.

This week we’ll explore what it looks like to adopt and apply God’s standards of who and how often we forgive. Buckle up, friends. The ride might get bumpy.

Is there anyone in your life you need to forgive? Past or present? This work between you and Jesus will become precious, so tuck your hand in His and let Him walk you through it.

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