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12/19/15: How Much Should I Forgive?

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#1 Spirit Bear

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 10:23 PM

People are constantly wronging each other. Some do it by chance, others do it for fun, and some do it out of spite. How often should we forgive those who hurt us so much?

 

"Then Peter came up and said to Him, 'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.'"

Matthew chapter 18, verses 21 and 22.

 

Jesus means by this that forgiveness should be perpetual. After all, God-- who we constantly wrong with every multi-daily sin-- forgives so that we may live with Him if we choose. He gives us chances (unlimited, even,) to make things right with Him so we can have a love-filled relationship. 

 

But be warned:

 

"He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful." 

John chapter  15, verse 2.

 

Any grower of trees knows that a dead branch must be removed before it sucks the life-- in attempt to heal-- out of the rest of the tree. It acts as a weed, killing your crops and destroying your potential for a healthy future. 

 

In the time and place the above passage was written, water was scarce. Any plant that did not give food would not be taken care of, and any part of a plant taking up valuable water but not giving fruit would be gotten rid off and likely burned if it could be so it is of some use-- so too were branches. If it doesn't bear fruit, cut it off. It is folly or even sin.

 

And any branch that bears edible fruit must be taken care of to make even more fruit-- so too with relationships. By taking care of them, you will see a yield of joy and life increase. By doing nothing or by letting them waste away, your joy and life in them will wither and bear you nothing. 

 

Are you forgiving others only to see their damage once more spread like weeds and choke out life? 

You are called to forgive, but you're not called to cultivate a crop that causes only damage and decay.

Cut it off so that the rest of you may live. 


Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Joshua chapter 1, verse 9.

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 05:31 AM

This is what I should say to my emo friends that suck out my life with their fake smiles, being fine and breaking down while putting God and me into a box where we cannot help them, and that tell me "What kind of a friend are you?" while being hypocrites who won't give at least the fruit of helpseeking.

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 07:54 PM

I'm the type who goes about wearing a mask that looks happy. IRL, I cannot take it off. It's as if taking it off would lead to sure and painful destruction: Like taking a turtle out of his shell.

So when I began blowing apart, back when I had more than 2 friends (and even now,) I'd go into isolation-- so that I'd not hurt them, for I was too hurt. I didn't want to suck the life out of them.

And they seemed to not care much. Or they began probing too deep for comfort, thus causing me to feel like my carefully planned act was about to be found out-- found out that I'm not the kid always smiling and laughing like they thought. 

As for those who didn't do much about it when I was noticeably feeling down, those who where not even asking how I felt or if something was wrong, I felt like they did not care.

It hardened my mind and heart, made me less caring, made me more depressive and not wanting to see them.

I felt like no one cared. I often still feel like that.

God was distant, and so was the idea of being wanted and liked. 

So I was alone, and inside I died. 

 

And how do the dead seek help when they cannot see beyond the dark shroud covering them where they lay to rot into eternity and the past memories of those around them?


Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Joshua chapter 1, verse 9.

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Posted 23 December 2015 - 05:31 PM

often i say that i've forgiven others ahead of time. just like how God forgave us when our sins were covered 2000 years ago. I do my best to let things go, and, as Zvoc can testify, when he's done wrong, i hold no grudge or blame or guilt on him, but i help him go to repentance and to turn away from these things and to do better


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Posted 24 December 2015 - 12:10 AM

Aww, my big bro... *hugs Cobalt* You're so loyal!






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