August 27th, 2016
Jesus Set the Bar for Pardoning Others
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. (Matthew 18:21-22 KJV)
Peter must have been incredibly challenged by what Jesus revealed to him. Perhaps he instantly stopped in his tracks to allow these words of Jesus to register in his heart and mind. It was likely far from what he expected Jesus to say about forgiving others. Peter anticipated Jesus would give him clear boundaries in dealing with the sins of others, especially those who were his brothers and sisters in Christ!
His compassion for his brothers and sisters in Christ was to have no limit. No lid, or boundary. This truth was incredible! Peter was to forgive others seventy times seven?
Peter surely wanted to add “but what about those who mistreated him?” Some spoke unkind words, others dared make fun of him, and some who did unspeakable things.
We often desire to view sins of others and categorize them as big and overwhelming, while at the same time, look at our own sin as small and inconsequential or of little importance and easily forgivable.
We often have little spiritual patience with the sins of others while giving ourselves considerable room for dealing with our own sin and spiritual error.