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.”
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