Mathew 18:21-22 NIV 2011
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus Answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.”
Jesus modeled the behavior He expected from His disciples. “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.” The number Jesus used showed forgiveness was unlimited. The Psalmist praised God seven times, the number of completeness, by praising God all day long. Psalm, 119:164, “Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.” Paul challenged the Ephesians to forgive. Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgives you.” Believers are called to forgive as they’re forgiven.
I like to circle back to forgiveness every once in a while. I’ve learned over the years to forgive others sooner rather than later. But a friend made a comment during a meeting about forgiving ourselves. Why do we take so long to forgive ourselves? I’ve made more than my fair share of missteps. Some I’ve not forgiven myself for making. If I can forgive someone else, why do I not extend that grace to myself? It’s that perfect gene that comes out so daily I will forgive others and myself.
Who needs our forgiveness today?
Grateful God forgives His people,