” No. not seven times, ” Answered Jesus, ” But seventy times seven. ” Matthew 18:22
Peter came to Jesus and asked, ” Lord, if my bro keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive him? Seven times? ” “No, not seven times, ” But seventy times seven, answered Jesus.
Forgiveness is a very hard and difficult matter. It is always easy to say than done. It is really an issue that involves one’s life time to cope and learn. Only by the grace of God that the one badly wounded and hunted be able to forgive and let go the bitterness that is rooted in the heart.
Jesus, the Lord was the only person in the world who was so badly wounded and hunted on the cross. A righteous who died on behalf of the guilty. yet we, the guilty thought we are the righteous ones that should go free as free-man and nailed our sins on him.
Jesus demonstrated his great love and forgiveness on the cross by saying, ” Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing. By the grace of God, Jesus Son of Man loved all sinners into the kingdom of God. The greatest rejection he suffered yet the greatest forgiveness had he shown.
According to human strength, forgiveness has its limit. It is very hard to forgive others with mercy. To be able to forgive a brother who keeps on sinning against oneself, seven times in more than enough and great mercy in human standard.
Jesus used the parable of the unforgiving servant in the Gospel to make the disciples understand the secret of forgiveness from God. He concluded, ” You should have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had mercy on you. ”
When you choose to forgive those who have hurt you, you take away their power.