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
( Matthew 18:21-22 *NKJV )
Peter asked this question because the Rabbis' taught that one
should only forgive another three times. That was based on what
was written in the Book of Amos, Verses 1:3,6,9,11,13
Now Peter was being generous when asking Jesus about
seven times, however Our Savior answered seventy times seven,
meaning that we should not even keep track of how many times
we forgive others.
Further Our Savior taught us that we must forgive others if we
are to receive forgiveness from God! For Jesus also stated; "IF
YOU FORGIVE MEN THEIR TRESPASSES, YOUR HEAVENLY
FATHER WILL ALSO FORGIVE YOU. BUT IF YOU DO NOT
FORGIVE MEN THEIR TRESPASSES, NEITHER WILL YOUR
FATHER FORGIVE YOUR TRESPASSES.
( Matthew 6:14-15 )
After all we are not to avenge or try to repay others for what
they have done. For we know Him who said,
"VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," SAYS THE LORD.
AND AGAIN, "THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE."
( Hebrews 10:30 )
Therefore; BEAR WITH ONE ANOTHER, AND FORGIVING
ONE ANOTHER, IF ANYONE HAS A COMPLAINT AGAINST
ANOTHER; EVEN AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU, SO YOU
ALSO MUST DO Amen. ( Colossians 3:13 )