Forgive The Inexcusable – October 4, 2016

Matthew 18:21, Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2 Corinthians 2:5, If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. 6The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. 7Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.

I am currently teaching a series titled ‘Relationship Goals’ God’s Way. If you missed my previous weeks inspirational thoughts on letting love and humility reign in your relationships, you can find them on my daily blog.

Sunday, I spoke of the importance of forgiveness in our relationships. In Matthew 18:21, Peter spoke to Jesus and said, “…Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” From Peter’s perspective, seven was a pretty generous number, but Jesus literally blew Peter away and probably still astonishes us today. Seventy times seven is a lot, and Jesus was saying that we ought to have an unlimited attitude towards forgiveness. C. S. Lewis once said, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in us.” Christians shouldn’t keep count of offenses and we shouldn’t limit grace, because we don’t want God to limit His grace in our lives. In your relationships, let forgiveness be unlimited and your relationships will flourish for it.

Think about that and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D