A Pastor’s Perspective
Forgive Seventy Times Seven
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.”
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