Mathew 18:21-22 NIV 2011
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother and sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Peter’s question opened the door of opportunity for Jesus to expand upon what He’d stated previously. Matthew 6:14, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Luke 17:4, “Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Forgiveness led to Jesus telling the parable of the unmerciful servant. Esau forgave Jacob. Genesis 33:4, “But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him…” Stephen forgave his enemies. Acts 7:60, “Lord do not hold this sin against them.” Jesus calls believers to forgive.
Sometimes I question why I continue to commit the same sin. It is so much easier for me to forgive others than it is to forgive myself. I need to remember this passage when that happens to me again. Sin confessed is forgiven should be the end of it. Relying on the love I receive through His amazing grace is the place to begin daily. Dropping those repeated sins at the foot of the cross will lighten my load. Jesus called me to forgive others, which will include me.
How will we forgive those who need forgiveness today?
His forgiven sinners,