Thursday, September 28, 2017

Matthew 18:21-22

21 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?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

 

This chapter, of which we read only a few verses, begins with Jesus speaking of how we are to enter God’s kingdom humbly as a little child, and ends as Jesus urges us to forgive others because God has forgiven us much. In God’s eyes, we are as little ones, for we stumble and have much to learn. Jesus says woe to one who causes another person to stumble. Be diligent lest our stumbling cause us to be deemed not worthy of the kingdom.

Forgiveness is a hallmark of God’s kingdom. God has demonstrated in Jesus the fullness of his forgiveness towards us; now it is up to us to demonstrate that we have received this lesson by how we forgive others. Forgive and keep doing it. Don’t stop. God has still forgiven you more, and that equation will never be an equal one.

 

Prayer

Gracious and forgiving God, help me forgive any person who has wronged me, for I have wronged you more. Let me not harbor any grudges, but freely release another from any obligation towards me. I am in your debt, through Jesus, so let me not presume to think that others need to be indebted to me. Help me instead to forgive and let it go. Amen.

 

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