Faith to Repent and Forgive #229

Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him. And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” (Luke 17:3-5)

Faith is required to forgive those who sin against us. The worldly impulse when sinned against is to seek retribution. Even greater faith is needed to continue to forgive when sin is repeated. Yet, God repeatedly forgives when we seek His mercy. The forgiveness Christians enjoy in Christ is the model to follow in forgiving one another (see Eph. 4:32). One final thought from this passage: It also takes faith to repent of sin, and especially to continue to repent whenever sin is committed. Strengthen you faith today. Faith will compel you to repent of your sins, and faith will compel you to forgive other sinners when they repent of theirs.

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