My dear brothers and sisters, dedicating your lives to singing for Jesus: “If your brother sins, tell him he is wrong. Then if he turns away from his sins, FORGIVE HIM. Suppose he sins against you seven times in one day. And suppose he comes back to you each time and says, ‘I’m sorry.’ FORGIVE HIM.” (Luke 17:3-4)
Forgiveness is something all of us want to receive but many of us hesitate to give. Jesus makes it clear, however, that WE CAN’T HAVE IT WITHOUT GIVING IT. “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, YOUR FATHER WILL NOT FORGIVE YOUR SINS.” (Matt. 6:14-15)
These words allow no room for doubt or discussion. Forgiveness flows two ways. WE CANNOT SEPARATE RECEIVING FORGIVENESS FROM GRANTING FORGIVENESS. Forgiveness begins with disclosing our own failures. We can neither give nor receive forgiveness without doing that, we have no right to withhold forgiveness from anyone. For Christians, FORGIVENESS IS NONNEGOTIABLE; it is the very essence of our faith. So, how far does this go?
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but until SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN.” (Matt. 18:21-22)
HELP US LORD TO BE OBEDIENT TO YOU WITH A FORGIVING HEART…
FaithLine, the bible says: “I tell you, not seven times, but until SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN.”