Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
Matthew 18:21-22 (NLT)
Forgiveness is the Hallmark of Christianity. Jesus came to earth so that we could be forgiven of all our sins. As He has forgiven us, we in turn are supposed to forgive others. I think Peter understood that principle. But there was something about the way Jesus lived that made him double check. He knew the love of Jesus was such that forgiving someone once would not do. So Peter came to Jesus with the seemingly impossible. He asked Jesus if we were to forgive the same person for the same behavior seven times. How shocking it must have been for Peter to hear Jesus’ response. “No, not seven times, but seventy times seven!” In one sentence Jesus put forgiveness at the top of the priority list. There is no room left for doubt. If we want to be like Jesus, if we want to follow Him, then we must forgive those who have offended us.
Dear Jesus, I cannot get my mind around the vastness of Your forgiveness for me. Neither can I fully comprehend forgiving someone as many times as You said. Fill my heart with Your compassion. Give me eyes to see what you see in others so I can be more like You.
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