Seventy times seven…

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

This is the beginning of what is known as the “Parable of the wicked (or unmerciful) servant.”

Compared to the Law of Moses, Peter was actually being very generous (merciful) when he asked if he should forgive seven times. Under Mosaic Law, after only three times one could wash his hands of the trespasser.

But Jesus was telling Peter that even his “generous mercy” was not nearly enough. Seventy times seven!

Jesus message was clear. Our willingness to forgive is to be boundless. There is no such thing as “unforgivable.”

Thank God for that!

Think of where we’d be if we were to be forgiven “only seven times.”

Shalom, Art
Alive in The Word

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Missouri, USA Married to Marty, 45 years 2 sons (with 2 daughers-in-law) and 2 granddaughters Life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and delivering the Good News
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8 Responses to Seventy times seven…

  1. granbee says:

    As a Christian blogging friend of mine, poeticjourney251 says, NO LIMITS! No limits are to be placed on how much we forgive!

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  3. It is easy to forgive the first time, a tiny bit harder the next . . . and by the time it gets to the seventh time it makes us wonder about the other person. But for the grace of God, we would start to think the person was taking us for a ride. Now, when it gets to 70 times, well, surely enough is enough? . . . and 70 x 7? . . . well, is it possible? I guess it is possible, but ONLY because of God’s work in us.
    May we be a forgiving people and ones who do not cause others a problem in forgiving us.

    • There is a huge difference between “willing” and “able.” With the gift of the Holy Spirit, made possible by the blood sacrifice, we are able. Willingness is another matter altogether.As with so many things in our Christian Walk it comes down to willingness.

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  5. ptl2010 says:

    Only with God’s help will we poor humans be able to forgive seventy times seven times.
    Lord please help us.

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