Matthew 18:21,22 - The Correct Number Of Times To Forgive (part 2).
Matthew 18:21, 22 - The Correct Number Of Times To Forgive (part
Matthew 18:21, 22 (NIV) Then Peter came to Jesus and asked,
"Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against
me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven
times, but seventy-seven times.
Matthew 18:21, 22 (CWR) Then Peter asked Jesus, "How many times
should I forgive my brother? Is seven times enough? Jesus said,
"Peter, it is not a question of how many times, but a question of your
own attitude. If your attitude is right, you'll forgive him seventy
times seven because you love him.
REVIEW: Matthew 18:21, 22 - The Correct Number Of Times To
Forgive (part 1). THEN enjoy the pearls of part 2 below:
Salvation and Forgiveness
Religious leaders of Jesus' day - the Pharisees and Sadducees
- taught that forgiveness was an exhaustible resource. Peter
probably thought he was being very generous in offering to forgive
someone seven times. How like us! We often think that forgiveness should
have an end - that there comes a time when we just shouldn't forgive
anymore. Jesus' answer, however, represented a revolutionary change in
the way people thought about forgiveness.
Jesus told Peter to forgive someone not just seven times, but
"seventy times seven," or 490 times! In other words, don't even keep
count just keep on forgiving. Jesus was trying to help Peter
understand that we should extend unlimited forgiveness to one another,
because that's the kind of forgiveness God extends to us. God isn't
keeping count of the number of times you must come to him for
forgiveness. He continues to forgive. He doesn't erase the consequences that
your sins may have set into motion, but he does promise to forgive.
Jesus commands us to forgive those who have hurt us. When we
realize the forgiveness we must constantly ask from God, and how freely
he gives it, we can much more easily forgive those who sin against
us. [The One Year Bible for New Believers]
The Resentment Barrier
Resentments are the blocks that hold us back from loving
ourselves and others. Resentments do not punish the other person; they
punish us. They become barriers to feeling good and enjoying life.
They prevent us from being in harmony with the world. Resentments
are hardened chunks of anger. They loosen up and dissolve with
forgiveness and letting go.
Letting go of resentments does not mean we allow the other
person to do anything to us that he or she wants. It means we accept
what happened in the past, and we set boundaries for the future. We
can let go of resentments and still have boundaries!
We try to see the good in the person, or the good that
ultimately evolved from whatever incident we feel resentful about. We try
to see our part.
Then we put the incident to rest.
Praying for those we resent helps. Asking God to take our
resentments from us helps too.
What better way to begin each new day, or week, or month, than
by cleaning the slate of the past, and moving ahead free of
resentments. [Melody Beattie; Recovery Devotional Bible]
From Victim to Victor
In his book, Beneath the Cross of Jesus, A. Leonard Griffith
tells the story of a young Korean exchange student, a leader in
Christian circles at the University of Pennsylvania. The student left his
apartment on the evening of April 25, 1958, to mail a letter to his
parents. As he turned from the mailbox, he was met by eleven
leather-jacketed teenage boys. Without a word, they beat him
with a blackjack, a
lead pipe, and their shoes and fists - and left him lying dead in the
All of Philadelphia cried out for vengeance. The district
attorney planned to seek the death penalty for the arrested youth. And
then, the following letter arrived, signed by the boy's parents and
twenty other relatives in Korea: "Our family has met together and we
have decided to petition that the most generous treatment possible
within the laws of your government be given to those who have committed
this criminal action.... In order to give evidence of our sincere
hope contained in this petition, we have decided to save money to
start a fund to be used for the religious, educational, vocational,
and social guidance of the boys when they are released.... We have
dared to express our hope with a spirit received from the gospel of
our Savior Jesus Christ who died for our sins." [God's Little