The Forgiveness Equation-Do the Math

Matthew 18: 21-22
21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall  forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

The perfect number is seven. Peter asked our Lord if one should forgive seven times when someone sinned against him. Our Lord answered that one should forgive seventy-seven times. It seems to me that means that we should forgive and not even keep up with the number of times we forgive someone who sins against us. The Bible says that God has forgiven all of the sins of believers who have repented. If God has forgiven us then we should not be guilty of non-forgiveness of those who sin against us.

Peter refers to “brother” in verse 21. I believe Peter means “mankind” with the word brother. From my own experiences in my own family and in my circle of friends, I believe there is more non-forgiveness with real family members than I would like to believe. I beg and plead for all of us to forgive all family members who have “wronged” us in addition to everyone else. The Bible says we must forgive everybody seventy-seven times.

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