Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive someone. He thought he was being really generous by suggesting “seven times.” He must have been shocked to hear Jesus’ response that we should forgive “seventy times seven.”
Jesus then shares the parable of the unforgiving servant — the one forgiven a massive amount who would not forgive someone else a tiny amount. The point?
- If we don’t grasp how much we’ve been forgiven, we have trouble forgiving others.
- When we don’t forgive others, we fail to grasp how much we’ve been forgiven.
- Unforgiveness in our hearts results in a pending response by God concerning our need for forgiveness.
- Unforgiveness on our part result in a bondage we choose to live with.
When we deeply, emotionally, and absolutely grasp the depth and degree to which we have been forgiven, it’s not so difficult to forgive others.
If you’re having trouble forgiving others of their trespasses, you haven’t truly embraced how profoundly you have been forgiven. AND you won’t live in freedom until you do forgive.