Matthew 18:21-22 KJV “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”
I’m pretty sure that the actual number of 70 times 7 (490) is not the real end of the statement of truth that Jesus uttered. Can you imagine keeping a little book and writing down every time someone sins against us and actually making note of the number as we approach the hundreds? So what is Jesus really saying? He’s saying that if a brother or sister sins against us and comes to us asking for forgiveness for something they have done to us, there really is only one option. We are to forgive them and not just in word but from the heart.
Has it ever occurred to you that God never asks of us what He Himself will not also do and does with regard to forgiving us when we sin?
We live in a world where our performance is used as a meter with regard to success and acceptance. If we check off all the right boxes or most of them, there is a much higher probability that we will be accepted by others, say the right things and do the right things, in accordance with whatever our perception of right may be.
But God doesn’t work that way, if we ask for forgiveness, He honours His word and actually forgives us, like we’ve never done it. You can’t be the recipient of His forgiveness without it changing you. The thing is, asking for forgiveness can’t just be the uttering of empty words, it must be heartfelt, it must be sincere, it must acknowledge sin for what it is and that we have actually crossed that line.
Ultimately all sin is against God, all sin is an expression of our lack of faith or not honouring God for who He is and not choosing God’s ways versus our own. When I think of the reasoning processes that we use to justify what we have done or what we are doing that is against God’s will or nature, I marvel that He takes us into consideration at all. And yet He does, He actually loves us, His heart goes out to us daily, hourly, minute by minute and slowly that which is in us that fights to hold onto our choice, our reasoning, out justification for what we are doing or have done, melts before Him. And it’s not just the ultimate testimony of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins that demonstrates His love for us, but even more so, how He deals with us thereafter, after we turn to Him in truth and seek the righteousness that comes from believing who Jesus is and the effectual work that was accomplished through the shed blood of His Son, Jesus.
1 John 1:9 NIV “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
I don’t know about you but if that isn’t one of the most beautiful verses of Holy Scripture, I don’t know what is. Oh I know, there are many others but 1 John 1:9 is definitely one of the all time “greats”.
We all fall short, we all stumble at times, we all take a step back every once in a while rather than moving continually forward, it happens, because we are being perfected, we are being changed, and the change isn’t finished yet. Don’t ever let Satan tear you down when you fall, don’t let him accuse you and say your worth is less than it actually is. We are Children of the Most High God, we have been redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb and our confession to Him, for our sin, keeps us in Him.
1 John 2:1-2 NIV “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Don’t ever let Satan lie to you about where you stand, confess the sin and rise again. And remember to show and demonstrate the mercy and grace that you have received to others, for this is the will of God.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!