A Pas­tor’s Per­spec­tive

For­give Sev­enty Times Seven

Rappahannock News - - OBITUARIES - By Pas­tor Tim

In Matthew 18:21- 22 the Bible says, “Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I for­give him? Till seven times? Je­sus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Un­til seven times: but, Un­til sev­enty times seven.”

To­day in Sun­day School my wife was teach­ing this pas­sage to a boy. The boy said, “This kid in school re­ally both­ers me but I guess it has not been that many times.” Sev­enty times seven is 490 times. By us­ing the num­ber seven, which stands for com­plete­ness or per­fec­tion, Je­sus was not teach­ing count ev­ery time you for­give and re­mem­ber to stop for­giv­ing when you reach 490 times. Je­sus was teach­ing never stop for­giv­ing oth­ers.

As we talked about this driv­ing home from church, my daugh­ter re­minded me that this scrip­ture also teaches that God is not a re­luc­tant for­giver. If peo­ple, flawed as we, are re­quired to for­give sev­enty times seven, then oh how will­ingly God for­gives us when we come to Him cleansed by the blood of Je­sus.

If you have been saved, then cel­e­brate to­day the for­give­ness of God and let that for­give­ness stim­u­late you to for­give oth­ers. If you have never been born again through turn­ing to Je­sus and trust­ing Him to save you, then you stand in your re­bel­lion out­side the for­give­ness that God de­sires to ex­tend to you. Why not ask Je­sus to save you, “Lord I know I am a sin­ner, and I know you died for me. Lord Je­sus come into my heart and save me. I trust you and only you to take me to heaven.”

Thorn­ton’s Gap Reg­u­lar Bap­tist Church 262 Thorn­ton Gap Church Rd. Sper­ryville, VA tgrbc.org • 540.671.3842

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