Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.”
Forgiveness is the key to freedom…and to the kingdom of God. It’s not optional but mandatory. There are things we make of prime significance that Jesus never seemed to mention that we know of. But forgiveness is something He definitely did speak about…and He made it a non-negotiable. It sets us free. Jesus’ message here is not a fear tactic or threat of punishment. It’s simply a reality that without forgiveness we are bound in chains. We are behind bars. Jesus came to show us how to be fully human…and if He can be persecuted, beaten, spit on, jeered at and nailed to a cross and still say, “Forgive them, they know not what they do”…then we have no excuses not to do the same. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. That doesn’t mean we have to be friends with someone who has hurt us. But it does mean being able to say from our hearts, “I forgive you.” As Jesus taught us in the Our Father…we receive what we give: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Who do you need to forgive? Do it now…and be free.
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