Luke 17:3-4 NIV 2011
“So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins agains you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 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.”
Jesus’ use of the words “brother or sister” were used to refer to fellow believers. It was meant to keep what happened between the believers alone. Forgiveness was to be the second step after repentance. Jesus added the amount of times believers were to forgive one another using the number seven, the number of completeness: seven days to create everything, seven days in a week and the Sabbath is on the seventh day. Paul taught the same forgiveness. Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Jesus taught believers to forgive one another.
Once upon a time, I used to hold grudges because I chose not to forgive others. The deeper I dug into God’s Word, the more I understood God’s amazing grace. That led me to stop holding grudges and forgive others. Sometimes it’s difficult when you feel you’ve been wronged. I would call that righteous indignation. I now understand there is no reason not to forgive. The Lord forgives and forgets my sins and I should do the same. Daily Jesus challenges me to forgive others.
What sister or brother in Christ needs our forgiveness?
Willing to forgive others together,