May 19, 2013

Hugging the Cactus

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-seven times.”
Matthew 18:21-22 NIV

I love the video above, it is the perfect example of how we as people who have been forgiven much should forgive others. One thing I love about this video was that Mel Gibson’s sins were very publicized because of the nature of his job and the fact that he made The Passion of the Christ. So it is only fitting that his forgiveness/restoration be equally as public. On the other hand, I have huge respect for Robert Downey Jr. The man is known for his quick wit and Tony Stark style personality but, the video above shows a humble man who knows where he had been and what he has been forgiven who is more than willing to extend that forgiveness to others.

The question for us is, are we hugging the cactus and need to stop or are we making someone else hug the cactus and we need to release them?

  • Is there something you need to forgive yourself for? That sin that maybe only you and God know about?
  • Are you holding an offense over someone’s head and you just need to let it go?
  • Do you need to ask forgiveness from someone and start the process of reconciliation?

The beautiful thing about a relationship with God is that He is more than willing to forgive you and give you a clean slate. Have you accepted that clean slate?