Forgiveness is a divine attribute

Published 4:12 pm Wednesday, April 22, 2009

When we forgive those who have offended us, we are truly following the Savior’s example.

How many times each day do we find ourselves in situations where someone has either intentionally, or unintentionally, made us upset or angry?

Unfortunately, whether we are at work, school or behind the wheel, this happens all too often.

We can learn a great deal from the Savior’s response to Peter’s question on this topic found in Matthew 18:21-22. “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”

A seemingly, tall order in today’s times. We then read of how he lived this earlier advice, when he was on the cross at Calvary, and he prayed for those who had crucified him saying, “Father forgive them: for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:24)

The world has glamorized anger, bitterness and revenge. How many movies or television shows have been made where revenge is the dominant theme?

Think of how much better this world would be with a little more compassion and forgiveness. The only way is through the strength that comes from following Jesus Christ. A large part of this is seeking forgiveness for our own sins.

He promises us in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

As we are a little quicker to forgive, seek forgiveness ourselves, and rely on the Savior, Jesus Christ, we too, can experience the many miracles that come from forgiveness.