Matthew 18:21-22— 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.
Imagine that someone in the church has hurt our feelings, and the person says “sorry.” And he or she does it again, and says “sorry.” And it happens again, and again we hear “sorry.” And again, and again, and again. At some point of time, we are going to say, “I don’t think you’re really sorry?” Maybe the person isn’t really sorry, but Jesus says we are to forgive him anyway, seventy times seven.
Try saying “I forgive you” that many times! It might be good therapy.
Jesus said “forgive,” not “forget,” and there is an important difference. Jesus has not forgotten who betrayed him, or deserted him, or ordered his execution, but Jesus does not harbor grudges about it. He wants those people to accept the forgiveness that he offers—he died for them as well as for everyone else. When the Bible says that God does not remember our sins any more, the Bible is not talking about forgetfulness—the word remember is used in the sense of taking action on something.
We need to begin looking at our sin the way God looks at it. And here is what He says in the Bible: 1 John 1:9 — If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we have asked God to forgive us and to come into your life — we are forgiven!!! HIS WORD SAYS SO. What God says about us in His Word (the Bible) is truer than anything we could think or feel. Jesus said that those who build their lives on His Word are those whose lives stand strong and secure, able to weather anything in life. God’s Word is able to change areas of our life that don’t line up with His Word.
Jesus came to save us: let us not reject this marvelous gift! — Pope Francis.