The other day I told Father that I was tired of having to go to Him and cry out for Him to repair my broken heart. Why can't I just not get it broken? Why do people always have to hurt me? Why can't I get a grip on getting offended?
James 1:19 blasted me. In the Amplified it reads, "Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry."
I am quick to take offense. I easily get angry. I easily ask 'how many times do I have to do this?'
And the answer? It's about forgiveness. If I don't get offended, I don't need to forgive. Right?
God is working a great work within me. About not getting offended, and not dragging it to the anger degree.
But how many times? How long do I have to do this?
Jesus says in Matt. 18:22, "I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven!"
I guess when my heart is right. That's how many times.