FORGIVE 490 TIMES

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FORGIVE 490 TIMES

Matthew 18:21-35
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked him, “Lord, how often do I have to forgive a believer who wrongs me? Seven times?” Jesus answered him, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy times seven. “That is why the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to do this, a servant who owed him millions of dollars was brought to him. Because he could not pay off the debt, the master ordered him, his wife, his children, and all that he had to be sold to pay off the account. Then the servant fell at his master’s feet and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will repay everything!’ “The master felt sorry for his servant, freed him, and canceled his debt. But when that servant went away, he found a servant who owed him hundreds of dollars. He grabbed the servant he found and began to choke him. ‘Pay what you owe!’ he said. “Then that other servant fell at his feet and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will repay you.’ But he refused. Instead, he turned away and had that servant put into prison until he would repay what he owed. “The other servants who worked with him saw what had happened and felt very sad. They told their master the whole story. “Then his master sent for him and said to him, ‘You evil servant! I canceled your entire debt, because you begged me. Shouldn’t you have treated the other servant as mercifully as I treated you?’ “His master was so angry that he handed him over to the torturers until he would repay everything that he owed. That is what my Father in heaven will do to you if each of you does not sincerely forgive other believers.”

Seventy times seven, Jesus answered Peter’s question with a number, 490. That was what Peter wanted to know, “how many”. Peter thought seven times should be more than sufficient. After all Jesus had said, “I tell you not to oppose an evil person. If someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn your other cheek to him as well.” (Matthew 5:39) In his own thinking it was simple, rather than turning the other cheek only once, he was willing to grant seven whole cheeks.

However Jesus now said seventy times seven was the number of times that Peter needed to forgive. And he didn’t stop there, he told Peter a parable to demonstrate what true forgiveness looked like. True forgiveness is a gift that must be passed on.

Forgive us our debts (sins) as we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12) is, at times a hard pill to swallow. If we fail to forgive, our own forgiveness may be in jeopardy. That is the clear implication in the parabel. “His master was so angry that he handed him over to the torturers until he would repay everything that he owed. That is what my Father in heaven will do to you if each of you does not sincerely forgive other believers.”

The true answer to Peter’s question isn’t a number. Realistically, if you are keeping track of the number of times you have forgiven a fellow believer, you never sincerely forgave the first time.

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