Seventy times seven

Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

Forgiveness is a beautiful thing. Is it not? I mean without it we would all be in rough shape. Forgiveness sets us free. We receive forgiveness from God by asking for it and repenting of our sin. He sets us free from our sin. We are no longer slaves to it. We also receive freedom by extending forgiveness to others.

In the book of Matthew the 18th chapter we see what Jesus requires from us for extending forgiveness. Peter’s guess of 7 times seems to be reasonable doesn’t it? If someone needs 7 chances with you it seems like it would be ok to cut that person loose right? Not according to Christ. He requires much more from us as His followers. To be honest with you I would be lucky to get to 7. By holding grudges with those that wrong us we hold ourselves captive to the bitterness that an unwillingness to forgive brings.

I heard a song by Chris August that was written with these scriptures in mind. It blessed me to here his story through this song. He states that , ” Seven times Seventy times, I’ll do what it takes to make it right.” I pray we all will. I have linked the song here. I hope you listen and enjoy!!

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