How Many Times? 70 x 7

“Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew‬ ‭18:21-22‬⁣

70 x 7 are the number of times we need to forgive our brother, Jesus said. That means indefinitely. As many times as it is required of us. This is not an easy command to follow but it is absolutely necessary in order not to be eternally separated from God. It is that serious of a matter. ⁣

Lord, You know all things about us. When we wake, when we lie down and You even know the thoughts we do not speak (Psalm 139:2). Nothing is hidden from Your sight. You know and judge the heart of each individual. I’m thankful because when we don’t know what to say, You’re keenly aware of what we’re thinking and struggling with. Tonight I ask that You would help those of us who need to forgive, to do so as many times as it is necessary. Holding resentment isn’t our right nor is it our place because You do not withhold forgiveness from us unless we choose not to forgive our brother. It’s a struggle for many because the offenses are great but even still, God You are greater! You redeem us and You heal the wounds that go deep to the depths of our beings. Bring healing tonight, Lord and may we not try to take the role that solely belongs to You. You are a just Judge. Your judgements are fair and according to Your written Word. Strengthen us to walk according to Your precepts and walk in the fear of the Lord. We know that with You, Jesus we can do all things. We love You, Lord.

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