Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

July 27, 2011

Forgiveness a Three Time Thing?


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

FORGIVENESS A THREE TIME THING?

     References state that Jewish Rabbis held that forgiveness must be extended to one who confessed his fault, but this was limited to three repetitions of the offense.  A man that commits a sin, the “first” time they pardon him; the “second” time they pardon him; the “third” time they pardon him: the “fourth” time they do not pardon.

     Peter had an idea that the Savior’s rule would insist on still greater forbearance.

Peter came up to the Lord and asked, “How many times should I forgive someone who does something wrong to me? Is seven times enough?

Jesus answered: Not just seven times, but seventy-seven times.  (Matthew 18:21-22, Contemporary English Version)

    To keep count of forgiveness means that one has not forgiven at all. To forgive seventy-seven times is to break the cycle of thinking revengefully—it is to transform oneself from thinking revengefully to thinking  forgivingly.  After all, our own sins toward God are so great, that we are not able to pay it.

     No person can be more indebted to us for their sins than we are indebted to God for our own sins.  God created us. We are sinners, and we cannot stand before God with merit. Thus, we are mandated by God’s justice and the divine order to forgive others.  To put it another way, we don’t have the authority to judge because we are not perfect.

     To forgive three times, to forgive seven times…is not sufficient. We must be in a continual state of forgiveness in order to change our character from being vengeful.

SOURCE

http://kingofages.wordpress.com/tag/seven-times-seventy-seven/

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 1

GENERATIONS OF BLESSINGS #26

ARE YOU LIVING IMPAIRED?

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