Not Seven But Seventy-Seven

Matthew 18:21-22 NIV, “21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me?Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

God’s forgiveness towards us is unlimited. He keeps extending His love, grace and mercy to us. Therefore, He commands us to treat others the same. Of course it is not always easy to forgive, but when we make a decision to forgive, God will help us to do it.

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We often feel someone has gotten away with doing us harm, and we want to avenge ourselves. However, God knows all and sees all, and vengeance belongs to Him only (Romans 12:19). Even though we may not think about it often, there are people we may have mistreated (knowingly or unknowingly) who had to forgive us and some may still be struggling to do so.

We can pray and ask God to work in our hearts and the hearts of others, so that we can all keep learning to walk in forgiveness, even when it is hard. Forgiveness can bring hope to any situation.

32 thoughts on “Not Seven But Seventy-Seven

  1. When we talk about forgiveness we tend to think of someone hurting us and we having to extending forgiveness. I really like that you mentioned us hurting someone and someone else either forgiving or in the process of working through that. It is humbling and also reminds us to not hold on to Unforgiveness , it truly rots the soul.
    Thank you Dawn and blessings to you 🌺💙🤗

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  2. You are absolutely right. We need to remember that we too are not perfect, and have made mistakes that have hurt others. When we remember that, and when we remember how much forgiveness that God extends to us, this helps us walk humbly and forgive others quicker. Great post! 🙏💜✝️🙌

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  3. Jesus taught us to forgive by setting an example. …father forgive them for they know not what they do … what a powerful and humbling act of love and forgiveness for us. Thank you Dawn for the message.

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  4. Amen. I have learned that the best thing is to forgive immediately when someone hurts me. I simply say, I forgive you in Jesus’ name. Because the Bible says that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13) and greater is He who is in me, than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). God is able to help us forgive automatically. I have written about this before. We need to get to the point where, like Jesus did, we say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.’ And Peter when he was being stoned to death, he said, “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” We have to be merciful as He is merciful (Luke 6:36). Forgive and ye shall be forgiven (Luke 6:37).
    Help us Lord to love, forgive and show mercy as You did for Your name’s sake. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
    Praise the Lord! He is worthy of all praise! Sending hugs to you sister! Have a blessed day in His presence. ❤

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    1. Thanks Donna for sharing these verses. They are powerful truths! We can’t do it on our own but as you mentioned with God’s help we can do it. He is our strength! Blessings and hugs to you! ❤️

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    1. Bondage is an excellent way to describe it. And the Bible reminds us in Christ we are free. Being free to forgive is part of that. Yes May we keep learning and growing. Thanks Cynthia! ❤️

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  5. When we are hurt or hurt someone else, the best way to handle it is; with prayer and forgiveness. Forgiveness isn’t easy, but it is crucial in our walk with God. Unforgiveness holds us captive, disrupts our lives, and can block our healing. Thanks, Dawn! 💗🌼🌺

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  6. It is just amazing how strongly Jesus felt about forgiveness. The 7 also symbolized mercy and that is what we need to show to those who hurt us. As you said, we must also be mindful that we also hurt others. Thanks so much and have a great week.

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    1. Thank you Beverley. I didn’t know what the 7 meant. God’s mercy follows us each day of our lives. We must be merciful to others. You’re welcome. Blessings upon your week my friend.

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