To forgive is to set the prisoner free, only to realize the prisoner was you.
What a powerful thought! I found myself sharing this with others this week, thus I thought I would share it with you. We are acquainted with Peter’s encounter with Jesus in Matthew 18:21-22. He wanted to know how often should he forgive his brother. Peter seemed to already have an answer in mind in which he thought Jesus would agree. What a shock it must have been to realize that his thoughts were not God’s thoughts, when considering forgiveness. Consider the following definition and scripture regarding forgiveness.
Forgive means to stop feeling angry or resentful toward someone for an offense, flaw, or mistake.
LUKE 17:3-43 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.4 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.