Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Forgive

Forgive in Scripture, in the Greek, means:  to send away whole.

Plainly,  sin and offenses leave “holes” in our lives;  so to forgive, is to make each place healed, and as it never happened.

Matthew 18:21 “Then came Peter to him, and said,  Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  till seven times?”

Jesus had been talking about people offending children, and other people.   As He said, “it must needs be that offenses come;  but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh!” (Mat. 18:7)

In that light,  Peter asks the Lord, how many times should he forgive an offending brother?

Jesus then sets down a clear statement about how we are to forgive.

Matthew 18:22 “Jesus saith unto him,  I say not unto thee,  Until seven times:  but,  until seventy times seven.”

I don’t know what Peter thought of this number,  but I would have thought, “How am I to keep count?  I’ll never remember what number I am at.”

But that was the point:  we are to forgive, and to forgive, and to forgive,  without trying to count to a certain point,  because God forgives us, and our offenses to Him,  without measure.

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