Scripture: Matt 18:21-35
Key verses: (21-22) Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
Reflection: Our youth this summer are doing a scripture challenge, memorizing verses of the Bible. This is a Bible verse worth memorizing. It is practical wisdom for living and a reminder of who we are as children of God.
Jesus said we are to forgive others, “seventy times seven” in response to Peter’s question, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” (Matthew 18:21-22). Jesus was speaking not only about forgiving one another but about Christian character. Jesus was not limiting forgiveness to 490 times, but reminding disciples that forgiveness is beyond counting. Forgiveness for others and forgiveness for ourselves. We are capable of this extravagant forgiveness because the Spirit of God lives within us and provides us the ability to extend grace over and over. Forgiveness is meant to be abundant, like the grace of God for each of us and all of us.
Prayer: God, pour out your grace upon us because we are broken and our lives are messy. Give us courage to live into your forgiveness so that it is part of who we are as we follow your son. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].