How is it possible to forgive someone that blows it over and over again? You first need to comprehend the problem. You cannot forgive what you do not understand. T.D. Jakes stated on Oprah’s Lifeclass Tour, “When you expect someone to love on a gallon level and they are a pint person you are going to be frustrated for the rest of your life.” The one offending you will not be able to measure up. When you understand this it changes your expectations. Forgiveness is returning the right to God for justice.
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How to Forgive a Repeat Offense
In Luke 15 the prodigal son, after a life of mistake after mistake, insisted on his father granting him his inheritance early. He moved far away not caring about the family. The son hurt the father to the core. However, the father did not try to stop him, neither did he try to fix it the situation, knowing the son’s capacity of understanding was the measure of a pint. The son squandered every penny of his fortune hurting the father and his family deeply.
I am sure the father prayed and kept longing for the son to change. It was like a deep pain in his heart. The father having the gallon of overflowing forgiveness never gave up on his son with his own pint full of understanding. The father was committed to being part of the solution. He believed and did not not give up hope. The father rested in the power of God, knowing all things are possible with God.
When the son finally came to his senses it seemed it was too late for any good outcome. The son finally returned home. When the father saw his prodigal son in the distance he felt compassion instead of anger and justification for his son.
When Jesus was asked how many times to forgive he answered in what the father does with us. We are asked to do the same.
Life Changing Tip
Pray for the one with the repeat offense for the darkness to be bind and the light to be loosed. Start fighting for this person God’s way. By doing this you will receive compassion. It helps your measure of a pint to grow to a gallon and the measure of understanding in your offender to a pint.
P.S.: If you are in danger, do not stay in this situation. Seek help immediately.