Matthew 18:21-22 NKJV “Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”
Forgive is a big word. It’s huge. Just seven letters but it’s something that takes years to learn how to do well. And more than learning how to do it, it takes grace from God.
The Lord is telling us that we need to forgive 490 times a day, this is limitless forgiveness. To forgive means one genuinely loves. Love always prefers the other person, so we who walk in God’s love will always forgive. When we truly forgive someone, we forget the hurt they may have caused, and is for ever forgotten.
Hebrews 10:17 NLT “Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”
God desires to bless your life with his abundant grace and mercy and desires that you live a blessed life. Part of this blessed life is to be forgiven and to become a forgiver. We must take on the characteristics of our Heavenly Father and forgive and forget. If we choose not to forgive bitterness will set in. We are advised to sustain a forgiving heart toward all other people.
Quote by Johnny Hunt:
“Forgiveness is the act of setting someone free from an obligation to you that is a result of a wrong done against you. All of us, at one time or another, have been forgiven, or granted forgiveness. (I’ve owed and I’ve been owed.) However, there is a temptation to bear injury in your life and, as a result, hold a grudge, allow bitterness to set in, and to become unforgiving.”
Unforgiveness is a bondage that stifles our ability to love and accept those that we know in our hearts most deserve our love. It is a bondage that chokes out the abundant life Christ promised to those who would believe.