Peter asked, “How oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?”…Jesus answered him, “…until seventy times seven” (Matt 18.21-22). My thoughts on this from reading scripture is, Jesus wasn’t kidding around about this great gospel truth that we must be always forgiving. Just have to look around in the world what the effect doing the opposite has on others and on ourselves. Although its inevitable that such challenges arise, I like to find strength from D&C 10.5 to, “Pray always…” The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that praying for kindness, patience, peace and so forth will help anyone be forgiving. I also find strength by remembering how quickly the Lord forgives and the assurance He always does paves the way to how I need to be. With that said, I hope all the best to all on the journey to being forgiving.
Now faith is the substance (assurance) of things hoped for, the evidence (proof) of things not seen (Hebrew 1.11). We know from scripture that faith is confidence and trust in Jesus Christ and that it is not to have a perfect knowledge of things (Alma 32.21). I heard someone put it this way, that if one can put aside their intellectualism, and although everything has its place for good in life, understand that reason and logic does not produce miracles, but only faith in Jesus Christ. Here’s hoping faith in Jesus Christ will open the doorway to a miracle or two in our lives this coming new year.