Seventy times Seven

“Forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.”Matthew6:12

Aren’t you thankful for the Apostle Peter? Like us, he was rough around the edges but Jesus patiently and lovingly pointed him in the right direction.

Consider the time Peter asked Jesus how many times he had to forgive someone. Peter thought he was being very generous in offering to forgive seven times. Imagine his surprise when Jesus said, “No! Seventy times seven!" While Peter absorbed the Teacher’s response, Jesus gave an illustration showing how God views our responsibility to forgive.

A king ordered a servant to be brought before him. The man owed the king a huge sum of money. The king demanded him to pay every penny but the servant could not. The king declared the man and his family should be sold into slavery to pay the debt. The servant fell before the king and pleaded for mercy. The king felt pity and forgave him the tremendous debt.

After the servant left he found a fellow servant who owed him a pittance and demanded payment. The poor friend could not pay and he begged for mercy. The servant refused to forgive the debt and had him thrown into prison.

When the king heard about it, he called in the unforgiving servant and demanded to know why he had refused to forgive his friend when he had been forgiven so much. The king was angry and commanded the merciless servant be thrown into prison until he had paid every penny he had owed the king.

We are like the servants. There’s no way we can pay our sin debt. God gave His only Son to die in our place. That is mercy beyond comprehension. How, then, can we ever refuse to give mercy to others when we have received so much mercy ourselves? To the degree that we show mercy to the poor, the wretched, and the guilty, we reflect the mercy of God.

Your View of God Really Matters …

Since God richly lavishes His mercy on us, we must show mercy to one another. And that means letting go of all those old hurts caused by others.

  • What hurts are you holding on to?

  • Why are you holding on to them?

  • Let's go deeper: What is it about God that keeps you from forgiving and letting go? What attribute of God are you struggling to believe is true in your hurt? This is the place to start dear friend.

Read God’s Word Today…

“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

GOD, because You are merciful I will show mercy to others.

Based on the writings of Bill Bright

©2019 Bright Media Foundation

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