How many times can you forgive someone? The apostle Peter asked Jesus Christ that question.
“Till seven times?” he wondered.
“I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, until seventy times seven,” Jesus replied.
Sometimes it’s hardest to forgive the people who are closest to us. We depend on family for unconditional love, so it can be especially painful when we feel offended by them. Do we really need to forgive and let go?
Forgiving is easier said than done. It takes time, prayer, and an open heart. When you know you need to forgive someone but are struggling to do so, consider the following ideas: no one is perfect, and happy families tend to search for the good in one another; we choose to be offended and to hold a grudge; God is always ready for us to turn to Him in prayer when we feel like forgiveness is beyond our capacity.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “Remember, heaven is filled with those who have this in common: They are forgiven. And they forgive.”
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