In Matthew chapter 18, verse 21, Peter asks Jesus, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” Jesus replies, in verse 22, “No, not seven times, but seventy times seven!”
This kind of forgiveness is hard for us as humans to conceive of; it is like the forgiveness of a parent who has a child struggling and continually forgives them in their transgressions. This is how God and Christ see all of us, as children who are all struggling in one way or another.
We have to remember that Christ knows each detail of all of our lives, and he forgives us and loves us through our struggles. When we are standing face to face with other human beings, it is difficult for us sometimes to apply the love of Christ to others, especially when their behavior bewilders or confuses us.
This is when we really have to trust the love that Jesus and God have for everyone, and to put our faith in that, and give up our quest to understand or to make sense of the behavior of other people. We have to forgive, because Christ forgives, and if he can, so can we.
When I interacted with Christ as the consciousness of the Sun while using a legal substance over a few years, he showed me the physical act of his forgiveness and purification of my soul when he waved his golden hand across my soul and cleansed it of the dark places left there by my transgressions. In this moment I finally understood Christian salvation, and how it is that we come to be ‘saved’ by his spiritual purification.
What I had witnessed was the actual healing of scars in my soul by his forgiveness. It was so important to him and God to teach us this that he came to earth and endured a life of austerity and then incredible suffering and physical death in order to bring his message of forgiveness to us. He was willing to face this fate because he wanted to show us the incredible healing power of his love for us, if we will just humble ourselves and submit to his spiritual authority.
If it was this important to Christ that we receive the message of his forgiveness of our sins that he was willing to suffer and die for it, then surely we can give the same forgiveness he gives us to others that sometimes trespass against us. If we can just draw on Christ’s willingness to suffer in order to show us his forgiveness of us, we can bear the discomfort of the lack of understanding we sometimes have for the behavior of others and trust Christ’s love for them enough to grant them the kind of forgiveness that he grants to all of us.
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