Peter asked Jesus,”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 seven times seventy.” (Matthew 18:21b,22). So when we forgive someone 490 times then we don’t have to forgive them anymore right? No, I don’t think that is what Jesus was trying to teach us. How many times do you want the Lord to forgive you? I think I passed the 490 mark many moons ago. How about you? I think the Lord was trying to teach us a lesson of unconditional love and forgiveness. Remember Jesus taught us, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Mathew 6:14,15 ). We will be forgiven as we forgive. So we had better be some pretty forgiving folks if we want to be forgiven. “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: “ ( Matthew 7:12a). If someone asks you to forgiven them, you should do what Jesus said, and sincerely forgive them, and take them back into fellowship. When God forgives he forgets, and he remembers our sins and iniquities no more. Shouldn’t we be like him? Especially if we want him to be like that to us. Don’t forgive and then turn around and bring back up others sins and mistakes, even in your mind. This also means to forgive yourself, and forget, and move forward. “For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31: 34b).

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