Doorways Not Doormats

  “Peter came up and said to him [Jesus], ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.’” Matt. 18:21-22


Lord Jesus, we are thankful we begin this day and prayer with all of our sins forgiven (all of them). Our Judgment Day was your cross, our present day is your full acceptance and delight, and our future day is our Wedding at your return (Rev. 19:7-10). Constantly free us from under-believing this good news, or losing our sense of awe and gratitude.

Because many of us live with Peter’s question. “Do I really have to keep on forgiving that person—him, her, them?” Heart-pain and trust-wounds have a photographic memory. Jesus, we come to you today for seventy-times-seven grace.

This side of heaven, some relationships won’t be totally reconciled. But no relationship has to lead to resentment, self-sabotaging anger, and the prison cell of unforgiveness.

Healthy boundaries are one thing. Walls of ice with shards of broken glass on top are another. It’s a dangerous thing to stop asking the question, “What does the Gospel look like in this broken relationship?”

Jesus, we are to forgive others as you have forgiven us. It’s that daily, sometimes-complex, and costly. We aren’t doormats to be walked on, but doorways to stories of redemption. May the forgiveness we have in you be 10,000 times more impactful to us than the ways other people hurt and fail us. So Very Amen.