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Monday; August 19

One of the questions routinely asked in modern religion is, “If someone wrongs me, but doesn’t seek my forgiveness, do I have to forgive them?”.  Most of us know of the need to forgive someone if asked to do so, but many struggle with pro-active forgiveness.  The other day I came across a teaching of Jesus that seemed to shed a little light on the topic.  While dealing with forgiveness Jesus taught, “Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent’, forgive him.” (Luke 17:3).  Honestly, folks, I could have gone all day without reading this because Jesus adjusts the spotlight of forgiveness to “me”.  When someone harms me, I can’t just sit back and wait for them to do something about it, I have an obligation to do something – actually two things.  First, I have an obligation to go to them and tell them that they offended me and second, I have a responsibili…