How Many Times to Forgive Someone?

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 seventy-seven times.

In the parable of the unmerciful servant, Jesus uses the number 7 times 70 to make the point that if a person sins against you, you need to always forgive that person.

Seriously, how can we do this when it seems, at times, humanly impossible? Then again, many things Jesus says seem impossible until you realize that you made a commitment to be like Jesus when he forgave you and me on the cross.

Living with an unforgiving mindset ultimately will cause you to be mentally challenged, angry, bitter and unhealthy.
The reason is that we are not meant to live our lives holding sins against one another.

Think of The Lord’s Prayer: Forgive us our debts as we forgive those who have debts against us. Debts, in this verse, stands for sin. Jesus said he will not forgive you in heaven if you do not forgive your brother or sister on Earth.

The blood of Jesus symbolizes God’s forgiveness for mankind. Eve and Adam were the first recipients of God’s forgiveness.

They tried to cover up their sinfulness with useless fig leaves which shows that no matter how much you “TRY” to receive God’s mercy, it “MUST” come through God’s sacrificial lamb, Jesus, otherwise you are wasting your time.

So, how then did God symbolically forgive Adam and Eve? He placed skins of an unblemished lamb upon them.

Soon thereafter the sacrificial system was instituted in Israel using the blood of unblemished animals that served to cleanse those who offered them to God.

This finally came to an end because it never worked permanently.

Jesus was sent to put an end to this Law.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

Guess what? We live by Grace now! There is no longer any need to prove your innocence before God. Stop trying to please God with repeated chants, idol worship and false pretenses.

SURRENDER to Jesus with your life and enjoy your freedom In Christ.

Pastor Ross
Keeping it 💯

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