Day 2: Release

Then the master called the servant in. “You wicked servant,” he said, “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” —Matthew 18:32-33

Read the whole passage in Matthew 18:21-35.

With deep wounds or unintentional annoyance, with old hurts or fresh cuts, with long struggles or slips of the tongue, whatever the case, whatever the relationship, however terrible the wrong, forgiveness is the answer. It may not be accepted. It may not change the other’s behavior. It may not immediately restore the relationship. But forgiveness is what lets hurt heal, relationships begin to recover, and life to move on. Without it, loneliness will be our deepest friend, bitterness our home, and hurt our constant companion. God forgave all of our wrongs, all our sin, all our hurtful and painful offenses, all the darkness and violence, all the cruelty and neglect. He forgave it all. Surely, if God forgave every ounce of our own wrong, both secret and known, then we can forgive the comparably few wrongs that others have done to us.

Talk with God

Teach me to forgive as you have forgiven me.

Live it. How will you live more second today?

Tell it. How will you share what you have learned?

Tweet using #IASrelease to share your thoughts.

From the book “Livesecond: 365 ways to make Jesus first”

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