Luke 17:3-4 ” If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent’, forgive him.”

The center of this Scripture is about restoring relationships with God and each other. Colossians 3:13 tells us, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” And as we look at this verse in Colossians, we can see the same pattern of Christ’s redemptive work for us in forbearance, forgiveness, and love. We have been forgiven of a massive debt that we’ll never be able to repay, thus we need to forgive others as He forgave us. But anytime we confront someone about sin in their life, it must be done in love, in hopes of them turning back to God…a change of mind and a moral reorientation of the soul that acknowledges the error of their ways. And with repentance comes forgiveness on our part and the restoration of relationships…or as Ephesians 4:32 tells us, We are changed and being changed.

Author: kezha1

A Christian mother, grandmother, and retired nurse living in Illinois. Called into a ministry of encouraging others to find their ultimate plan and purpose in life through Christ.

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