Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me?

Matthew 18:21
Sirach 27:30-28:9; Psalms 103:1-4,9-12; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-25

“Why do you keep talking about my past mistakes?” said the husband. “I thought you had forgiven and forgotten.”

“I have, indeed, forgiven and forgotten,” said the wife. “But I want to make sure you don’t forget that I have forgiven and forgotten.”

Sinner: “Remember not my sins, O Lord!”

Lord: “What sins? I forgot them long ago.”1

A dying old man lay fearful in his bed that God would not forgive him for a sin he committed earlier in life. The nurse who was caring for him was aware of his fear and tried to comfort him.

“What was your occupation?” she asked. “I was a stone-cutter all my life, and an excellent one,” the man said. To which the nurse replied: “That was your job. God’s job is forgiveness. And He is excellent at it. You have nothing to fear.

A former Yale University Chaplain was once asked by a friend, “In ten words or less, what is the Christian Message?” The Chaplain…

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