The Re-Closer of Forgiveness

   

 

Matthew 18:21-22

21. Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?

 

22. Jesus said unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven

 

The re-closer is a unique device placed in various locations to protect that section of line from faults. In case of faults, it has capability to allow the fault to clear before reclosing the circuit. The re-closer has several settings to allow the fault to clear instantly and then closes back in. Once this happens and the fault doesn’t clear, it will drop out for a longer time. If the fault doesn’t clear, then it will open, and de-energize the line. Line workers should put the re-closer level to “one shot”, whenever working on energized lines. No matter what you call it, we need to set the device so if something happens on the line while we are working, that it will stay out. This sometimes is accomplished by pulling down on the level closest to the tank; it is usually a flat base. The switch, on the other hand, has a circle for a stick to close or open.

 

There are times in life when people will push our buttons, so to speak. Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive someone who has done us wrong. Peter was trying for a low number, like seven. Jesus came back and said seventy times seven; this is when we know everyone is not perfect in life. We all have different ways of doing things and also come from different parts of the country, but we all have the same trade and the same Lord. Just as the re-closer, once we clear the problem we can re-energize the circuit.  This is also true in our daily walk; we have people who have done us wrong. We are at the corner of unforgiveness and hatred, with no place to rest. Clear the problems, talk it out, and reclose on that relationship. I don’t know how many times the device will open and close.  We need to be as the device, keep everything clear and keep the switch closed. There is nothing in life more damaging than to keep unforgiveness in your spirit, clear it and then close the switch to that relationship.

 

Prayer:

Lord, help me to forgive others as you forgive me. I know that we make mistake sometimes, and need to be forgiven of doing others wrong. The burden of carrying hate and the lack of forgiveness around with us, will begin to show in our lives. The lack of mercy for others will rob us of our joy in life; let us not allow bitterness in our life. Let us practice forgiveness of others, so that we can obtain forgiveness from you. Lord forgive me for holding onto issues that I should have let go years ago; clear them out of my life. Give me back the peace and joy in my life, in Jesus’s name.

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