Have you ever been hurt by people so much that you promise yourself you will never forgive them? What about when someone gossips behind your back, apologizes, and then turns around and does it again? Forgiveness the first time around is one thing, but a second time or even a third time is pushing it!
Enough is enough, isn’t it? That’s what Peter thought when he spoke to Jesus in Matthew 18:21-22. “Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’” (NKJV)
In Matthew 6:15 Jesus tells us that if we do not forgive others their sins then our Heavenly Father will not forgive us our sins. How can we refuse to offer forgiveness when we ourselves require the mercy and grace of our Father continuously? Jesus endured tremendous pain and suffering to ensure us eternal forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness is tough, but through Him we are given the strength no matter the number of times required.