Luke 17:3-4 “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.”
Forgiveness…that is one of those “easier said than done” things. It really is so very difficult to forgive someone that has wronged us. It is not something that we are able to fully do in and of ourselves. But because it is a Bible command as we read in Luke 17:3-4, we know that we most definitely have the ability to do it. God would never command us to do something we are not capable of doing.
If you notice, Jesus doesn’t say to excuse their behavior, he says “rebuke him” and then he says “forgive him”. We must do both. Confronting one that has wronged us, without it being followed by forgiveness, only leads to bitterness. Preventing bitterness by always granting forgiveness is how we prevent their behavior from hurting us any further.
When you are standing in a difficult moment, when forgiveness is needing to be given, remember how easily your Heavenly Father forgave you.