Can you imagine a world where people followed Jesus’ recommendation on forgiveness?
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21-22, NIV).
Sometimes I think we act as if we know what long-suffering and patience is if we are able to hold our tongue for 30 minutes; that we know what grace is when we forgive the guy for cutting in line; that we know what selflessness is when we give the TV remote to that family member knowing they are going to watch something you have absolutely no interest in.
Perhaps for some people those are real accomplishments. But I am trying to make a point here: that I think we have set the bar for loving our neighbor as ourselves real low.
Love is a long investment. The returns are…
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