When you forgive, be generous and relentless. Stingy grace will make you sick.

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven times.” (Matthew 18:21-22)

We decide to forgive, even though they didn’t ask. We determine to release the offense, even though the injustice lingers. We desperately want health, wholeness, and peace, yet our hearts are still broken and remind us in our weaker moments.

So, we can…

A) Wait for the person to change and beg our forgiveness.

B) Ignore our wound and pretend we’ve done enough.

C) Release and forgive—over and over, until the wound is clean and closed.

Consider a cut on your hand. The first cleaning is the most painful, but we must continue to clean and re-bandage until the wound closes. It’s not a one-time thing.

Neither are emotional wounds. Clean. Re-bandage. Release. Forgive. Bless. And believe a God who brings healing and offers you and me unlimited forgiveness.

You can do this.