KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 18:21 (KJV). “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?”
Apostle Peter asked the Lord Jesus, how often should I forgive my brother who sins or commits an error against me? Peter suggested, till seven times.? The number seven means complete or perfect. The Lord should have just agreed with him and said yes, but the Lord said, rather forgive him seventy times seven times. This means a limitless time. He must forgive limitlessly. Why did the master speak this way? Will this not give the offending party the right to keep trespassing against his neighbour?
The truth is that true love always overcomes wickedness. Love is not just an act, it is a power that weakens the power of wickedness. The strong impact of Christianity in the world, for all these years is because Jesus demonstrated the greatest act of love, which has continually broken the evil power of sin or wickedness. John 15:13.
Forgiveness is first and foremost a deliverance and preserver of the man who has been offended. For a limitless life of peace and sound mind, one must carry no grudge or offence against anybody. Never be deceived to feel justified to hold a grudge against anyone. Bitterness is poison to your soul, and body as
well. Please just consider the following scripture.
“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”- Hebrews 12:15 (KJV). From this verse we see that, unforgiveness leads you out of the grace of God. Bitterness which proceeds from unforgiveness would trouble you as well.
1 It will give devils access into your life Eph 4:27
2 Unforgiveness may allow certain diseases to easily afflict you
3 IT would hinder answers to your prayers (Mark 11: 25)
4 Unforgiveness can cause the destruction of certain good relationships.
It is in the light of these that the Lord says forgive limitlessly.
I always forgive in advance, as the scripture says, for Christ’s sake God has already forgiven me.
Ephesians 4:32 (KJV). “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:31 (KJV). “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:”
John 15:13 (KJV). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”