Happy Sunday guys! Exciting post today. Let’s get to reading then shall we?
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
There are quite a number of schools of thought out there about how to treat people, especially when they treat you bad. Everybody has their opinion so it wouldn’t hurt to chip mine in. I like to think that I’m being led to share this so perhaps it isn’t so much my opinion as it is a ‘revelation’.
So on a bright sunny day, Jesus and His disciples are just chilling; engaging in small talk and just based. Then Peter, seeing that there couldn’t be a better time decides to ask a question. A question that is legitimate in its own right and quite frankly on a lot of our minds.
Sometimes it’s easy to think that some questions are ‘unnecessary’ and a grown man like Peter should be able to think for himself and have the answers that can keep him going. But all of us who think this way fail to see the bigger picture. Here’s a man, who’s the Son of God; who better to get information from?
So Peter steals the attention then pops the question, “Jesus? How many times should i offend my brother/sister/mum/dad/friend/colleague/boss who offends me? Up to seven times?”
So Jesus thinks for a while and the next words He speaks just doesn’t cut it. “Seventy times seven”. That’s absurd. Four hundred and ninety times? Some Bible commentaries even go further to iterate that in Jewish culture, you can forgive a person only seven times within a day for committing the same offence against you. Then the next day it would reset and you’d start counting again. Then Jesus comes along and ups the number all the way to four hundred and ninety. This man?
Calmly in classic Son of God fashion, Jesus shares a story of a servant who owed his master quite a lot of money and how his master forgave him but he wouldn’t forgive his fellow who owed him a few.
He goes on and on and talks about how God deals with us the same way we deal with others especially when it comes to forgiveness like we say everyday in the Lord’s prayer: …Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…
A lot of us falter many times without even trying to. We all fall short and offend even without meaning to. The whole point of this post is that before you loose your head over something has done to you, remember you’ve probably done worse or are doing same to someone else. In any case, you’d really like to be forgiven won’t you? And in the event that it can’t come easily, you’d like to be given time to at least make it up, won’t you?
So if you want to be forgiven, why don’t you start by forgiving?
Thanks for making it thus far. Let’s meet in the comment section then, shall we?