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"Lord, How Oft Shall My Brother Sin against Me, and I Forgive Him?"

Matthew 18:21-35


There is an underlying truth with this particular passage's core message that resonates with me. The Savior expresses it here in as many words as well:
...I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? I find myself at that "Mercy Seat" perhaps more often than I should be. Without exception, when ever I have approached the Lord for forgiveness, freely He has extended his love and peace and compassion to me, a sinner. With this knowledge of how willingly and freely my Lord has exercised his grace and goodness towards me, who am entirely unworthy of such compassionate patience, I find it hard to respond otherwise to those around me with anything less.

Though,  ironically, it is with family members closest to me that this personal attribute is most frequently tried and tested, and sometime that is difficult to remember.