Lent 2019 – Day 39

By on 13/04/2019

We can let failure stop us

Saturday 13th April

How much should I forgive my brother? No, not seven times, Jesus replied but seventy times seven. (Matt 18:21-22)

I sometimes get so frustrated with myself. I do the same wrong things time after time, even though I don’t want to. What’s wrong with me? Can’t I just stick to my decisions, my best of intentions?

Reading St. Paul’s letter to the Romans I have some great company in this, “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing.” Romans 7:19

Was Paul judging people, being angry in his own lack of compassion? We don’t know, but we do know that it frustrated him. He even asked God to take it away. He realised his sinful nature and in verse 25 said “thanks be to God, who delivers me though Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Yes, we need to recognize our sinful nature, but like Paul, realise it is Jesus Christ who has Saved us, and redeemed us. We need to also forgive ourselves (not just our neighbour) seventy times seven – lots of times, actually every time, for Christ does.

If we are not careful, we give up being good, trying to be considerate, kind, generous, loving, forgiving etc because it is too hard.

We have failed so many times. We seem to fall back into our old ways. We don’t do things well or not at all. Our selfishness creeps in. We think our opinion is so important and people are so annoying at times.

We can allow the negative voices to be stronger than the positive voices.

We don’t listen to our conscience anymore all because failure hurts.

Failure can make us feel second-rate, but Jesus does not think that of us. He tells us to forgive and start again. Afresh. Anew. For in Him that is the next step after a mistake, an error, a sin.

It is Lent so repent, turn towards change and move forward for in Him we are a new creation. And if we have to do that 70×7 times then so be it. He is always there beside us, loving us, calling us back to Him.

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. Forgive me for the times I do the wrong thing even though I know the right thing to do. Help me to forgive and forgive and forgive again as you do because it is in you Lord Jesus that all things are made new. Amen.

Written by
Rosemary Downes: Co-founder of The Catholic Guy Ministry and founder of the Heart Ministry for Women.

11 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 39

  1. Lord i want to be a better person not a bitter person
    Lord I have forgiven her and lord I pray and ask you to help her forgive me

    1. ‘Thank you so much Bruce & Rosemary at the Catholic Guy Ministry for your wonderful messages for our Lenton programme. God Bless You. Judy x

  2. Thanks so much Rosemary for the powerful message and reminder on importance of forgiveness. My Lord and my father here I’m with all my imperfections help me to forgive others even it’s hard but with you Jesus Christ all is possible Amen

  3. Thank you Rosemary. I can’t love my neighbour nor myself if I don’t forgive. And yes it is sooo frustrating having to forgive over and over again. When I compare how much Jesus forgave on the cross and still does my amount is miniscule!!! I discovered that at certain times in my life, I found it virtually impossible to do as the pain, hurt, humiliation and shame was and can be so great. This is when I have to turn to the Lord for His help, strength and courage. Most importantly I ask for His Love so that I may love Him as He truly deserves to be loved as well as His Church, my family, my neighbour, those who make life difficult for me and for myself. Most especially I need His loving,patient, mercy for those repetitive sins I commit!

  4. Dear Rosemary. Thank you for zooming on this subject of forgiveness again. The Lord wills it that it should be understood. Very painful to accept the truth in it especially when the hurt is still very fresh in oneself or it is still happening to the individual. I pray Lord that in Your mercy, You will enable us to forgive other people’s misdeeds to us, and Lord that You will reveal to those doing evil to others to stop. Thank You Lord that You know all things and You see all things. You are the just Judge. Thank you Lord that You are there with us always, and that by dying for us on that ragged cross, You opened the door for us to commune with You at any time in every situation. We thank and Love You Lord. We thank you Lord for You have heard and received our supplications/ pleas, and thank You for the answers, amen. You are AWESOME, SOVEREIGN. Thank you Bruce and team. You are blessed of the Lord.

  5. Although my daughter brought me to tears and acts likes my disease is nothing, I texted her last night to tell her I loved her and a few other things. I still haven’t heard from her. It was raining last night, and she was at a friend’s house. If she would have been in an accident I would never forgive myself if I didn’t touch base with her. Dear Lord pls come to her in a dream or something to start reaching out to You In Jesus’s name Amen.

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