Forgive Seventy X Seven Times

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Jesus commands us to forgive those who harmed us seventy times seven times: there is no limit to the number of times we should forgive those who sinned against us. 

My June 13 Post Forgiveness is Not Easy, discussed the difficulties of forgiving. The May 16 Post – Satan Never Rests – Experience the  Joy of Forgiveness, shares God’s promise to forgive us of our sins. The focus of this Post is how we must forgive and why Jesus said you must forgive seventy times seven times. The concept of forgiveness is very intricate. When others hurt us, we feel violated, offended and harmed. It is not easy to forgive those who sinned against us, in fact, Peter wanted Jesus to provide a rule to obey. He asked Jesus, who many times must we forgive someone who sinned against us, asking as many as seven? In other words, Jesus, give me a number.

“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, NLT

This scripture shares that there is no fixed number to ascribe to forgiveness. We should forgive as often as they repent and acknowledge their fault. The frequency of the occasion is not bound by forgiveness, the mandate it is exercising the grace of forgiveness from the heart.

What does forgiveness require of us?

Forgiveness is not about salvation, it is forgiving because first God forgave us, and he forgave us at great cost.

According to Biblegateway, forgiveness must issue from the heart (18:35) it must be sincere (compare Is 59:13). God has forgiven us; if we fail to show grace to others who have repented-guilty parties in a divorce, former gang members, adulterers, homosexuals, gossipers, crafty politicians-then this text simply promises us hellfire (compare Mt 5:7; 6:12, 14-15).

Why is it so difficult to forgive? The truth is, we often forgive intellectually, by simply voicing the words. It is quite another thing to forgive from the heart. We offer forgiveness through words that are void of the love based in our heart. It is possible to receive forgiveness but not truly experience forgiveness from our heart. This is why it is so difficult to share forgiveness with others. Forgiveness must be from the heart. When you have an unforgiving spirit, you put yourself in prison spiritually and emotionally.  People who do not forgive often swing the pendulum to hate. We pay dearly for the luxury of carrying a grudge.

He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.
~George Herbert

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Scriptures – Biblegateway.com

Resources – Biblestudytools.com, Matthew 18:21-22 Commentary, John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible; Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Dictionary by Warren Wiersbe

For Children’s Studies, visit YoungChristianWarriors.com, September-November 2017

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Repentance is a Deliberate Process

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God’s Promise – I will Forgive and Forget

You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you.
Proverbs 28:13

He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
For He Himself knows our frame; he is mindful that we are but dust.
Proverbs 130:10-14, NASB

We are thought to repent, which is asking God’s forgiveness for committing a sin, i.e., doing something that does not reflect Christ in you. Our problem is that as humans unless we intentionally ask forgiveness, and then work to eliminate the sin, we repeat the act over and over again. Once we repent, that is, make our confession to the Lord, we must work to eliminate the action from our behavior, from our heart. We have to work to follow through on our word.  It’s our word, our promise to change.

Like any parent, God accepts our apology, but tires if  He does not see change and repeatedly hears us asking for forgiveness like a broken record.

I told you my sins, and I am sorry for them.
Psalm 38:18

Repentance is deliverance from the sinful action we confessed to the Lord. This is an intentional process to change.

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that he will forgive your sins.
Acts 3:19

Don’t break promises to God. He knows when we are sincere and when we are asking out of guilt and not repentance.

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Resource and Scriptures – Unitedbiblesocieties.org; Biblegateway.com

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