Tuesday, June 15, 2010

70 times 7

As is my general custom, I visit my mother after church on Sundays at the Assisted Living home where she resides.

Each week the owner of the home stops me, and asks if I have been to church. Then I proceed to tell him what the Pastor preached on this day.

I told him that the title for today’s sermon was 70 times 7. This was the answer to Peter’s question, “Should I forgive my brother 7 times? Jesus said we were to forgive 70 times 7 or in other words continually.

I elaborated that it was not simply to forgive 7 times and stop on number 8, but to forgive as we expect God to forgive us, with unlimited measure.

The Lord’s Prayer makes this very statement found in the book of Matthew.

Matthew 6:12 “And forgive us our sins, as we also have forgiven those who sin against us.”

The owner remarked, Oh I need this so much. I then told him, that it is good not to get into situations where we need to repent and require forgiveness.

The Pastor ended his sermon by reminding us that if we have received Jesus as our savior, then we have the assurance that the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us from all sin.

Isn’t it wonderful that we can actually walk in God’s forgiveness?

It certainly brings peace instead of condemnation.


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