CORONA VIRUS

Breakthrough | March 20, 2021

Day 10: Forgiveness

Jesus teaches us that we need to ask God to forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  The forgiveness that we receive from God is connected to the forgiveness we extend to others.  Forgiveness sets people free!  It sets us free!  As Christ-followers we know first-hand the joy of this freedom that we receive from God. And yet, we can be challenged to extend forgiveness to others who have wronged us.  

Peter asked Jesus how many times he needed to forgive people who hurt him.  Jesus responded by telling him “seventy-seven times.”  This number symbolized boundlessness, meaning there is no limit to the number of times Jesus wants us to forgive a person.  

Being on the receiving end of this endless forgiveness is amazing.  This exemplifies what Jesus has done for us.  With Jesus in view, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we CAN forgive others as Jesus has commanded us to. 

What do you need to seek forgiveness for?  Who do you need to forgive?

Scriptures

Matthew 6:12 ESV
“…and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

Matthew 18:21-35 ESV
21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
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