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?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” (Matthew 18:21-35)
We must therefore forgive 70 times which means always.
Then we usually asks the question: “but when and how to forgive even when the person who has offended us does not even ask for forgiveness, he does not even realize that he did something wrong? ” This is how we are used to evading the command we have just read to relieve our conscience.
When and how to forgive then?
Here is the answer: Immediately, without any expectation and without waiting for the other to come with remorses and ask for forgiveness!
For this is how we ourselves received Yeshua HaMashiah’s forgiveness.
The second part of the Word describes how we treat others in spirit whether they are believers or not. After receiving the true Forgiveness from the one and only Lord, we think to be lords ourselves but we usually omit to forgive our neighbor. When something bad happens to us, we forget that instead of cursing the other, we should bless even the one from which the evil comes, such as we have received the ordinance:
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you pray for those who mistreat you. (Luke 6:27-28)
Written by zeev shlomo 2017.11.25
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