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Never Stop Forgiving

Sometimes doing what Jesus says is crazy. Sometimes doing what Jesus says is hard. And sometimes, it’s both.

That’s the case in Matthew 18 when Peter asks Jesus how many times we should forgive people who have sinned against us. In Matthew 18:22, Jesus answered, ‘“I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

It’s easy to see why Peter would be confused by that answer, because we all know we are supposed to show grace, but even grace draws the line somewhere, right?

The most basic of human instincts tells us to only allow so much wrong by another person. Yet, Jesus instructs us to show forgiveness in infinite amounts.

Jesus goes on to explain what He means through a parable about a king who forgives an enormous debt from one of his servants until he finds out the same servant refused to forgive a much smaller debt owed to him.

No sin committed against us is worse or bigger than the sins we commit against God. God sent Jesus to die for our sin so we can walk in forgiveness and victory. We of all people know what it means to be forgiven, which is why we’re called to forgive the sins committed against us.

Reflect:

  • Is there any sin that you’re having trouble accepting forgiveness for?
  • Is there anybody you need to forgive today?

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