Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Matthew 18:21-22 (NKJV)
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Matthew 18:21–22 (NLT) — Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
Matthew 18:21–22 (MSG) — At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?” Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.
The topic of forgiveness I think personally is of great importance and value if we really want to grow and develop in our walk with the Lord. We understand that forgiveness is not always the easiest way, especially when it comes to our relationship with our neighbor. But the truth is that we must forgive, there is no other way, we have no choice! Forgiveness is one of the things that the Lord requires us to offer to others. In the same way He forgave us, we must also forgive.
Ephesians 4:32, where Jesus exhorts us saying, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” The measure of forgiveness we offer to others, should be given in light of the forgiveness that Christ has given to us. It is for this reason that we must always forgive our neighbor! We must always be ready to forgive and restore our relationship with others. We can not take the stance of not forgiving, or measure our forgiveness. Some may say, “I forgive only once or twice, etc …. But after that I will not”
What a great lesson the Apostle Peter had to learn! Jesus taught the need to forgive those who trespass against us on many occasions, we should never hold a grudge, or think about revenge, but the key is to forget the offense and to once again deal with those who trespass against us as brothers. Matthew 18:15 reminds us once again, “So if your brother sins against you, go and reprove him between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have won your brother,” Let us pray that on this day we manage to practice His Word in us. It is possible to have the door of forgiveness open and allow God’s forgiveness to always flow into our lives toward our neighbor.
Matthew 18:15 (NKJV) — “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
Luke 17:3 (NKJV) — Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.
Colossians 3:13 (NKJV) — bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
Proverbs 24:16 (NKJV) — For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.
Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV) — And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.