“Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. “ Matthew 18:21
This is the first part of the gospel for this coming Sunday. Peter thought he was being very generous in offering to forgive someone seven times. Jesus had a different opinion. Seventyseven times – or in some translations, seventy times seven. However we translate it, it’s a lot.
Jesus goes on to give them a parable about a man who was forgiven a great deal, but then failed to forgive another who owed him much less. The result was not good news for the original man who then refused to forgive. You can read it all here: Matthew 18:21-35
I like to know that I am forgiven for my shortcomings, indiscretions and failures. I also like to think of myself as being a forgiving person – but, if I’m honest with myself, I know that is often much more difficult than I’d like to think.
Each week we pray, “forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us’ – or some variation on that text. May we, by God’s Grace, not only pray these words, but live them in our lives in situations both small and large.
Let us pray:
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Peace and blessing,