Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Bonhoeffer: the work of forgiveness

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
    Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
    Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
    —Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)
    The call to follow Christ always means a call to share the work of forgiving men their sins. Forgiveness is the Christlike suffering which it is the Christian’s duty to bear.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), The Cost of Discipleship, Simon and Schuster, 1959, p. 90 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:7; 6:12-15; 18:21-22; 26:28; Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4; 23:34; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, transform my heart so that I may learn to forgive.
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