I’ve heard some say, “I don’t get mad, I get even.” The saying is a little humorous, but some actually feel this way. It is unfortunate to live a life that wants to get even, for it is the seed of anger, and when that seed is in full bloom it consumes a lot of one’s energy to sustain it. In the end anger hurts us more than it hurts the person we are angry at, for it affects our relationships, actions, and outlook on life. Therefore, it’s quite cathartic to let go of one’s anger towards another.
Jesus was asked, “How many times should I forgive someone? Up to Seven times?” Jesus replied, “Seven times seventy.” How could anyone count that many forgive-nesses? I think Jesus’ point was forgiveness is not simply tolerating another person, but it’s having a desire for real, personal, and loving forgiveness between individuals. Jesus demands such an attitudes from his followers because unlimited forgiveness ultimately points others toward God’s forgiveness of them.
I know what you’re thinking, “What about this case, and that case, and what if the person does this or that to me?” I am quite aware of all the contingencies that we live under, but I also know that God takes care of his saints, and oftentimes we just have to trust God to work some-things out, and to protect us. Thus we learn to let God take care of the details while we forgive others.