Posted by: everynation | November 22, 2011

I Need Therefore I Give

By Brett Fuller

Matthew 18:21-22 states, “Then Peter came and said, ‘Lord how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.'”

Forgiveness is not a gift which is more easily employed when there are fewer offenses to pardon. One “major” transgression could be so injurious as to dwarf a thousand minor ones. The real road block in folks’ mind is not frequency but perspective. If Peter balked at Christ’s comment, it was because he could not see that he was probably going to be a primary beneficiary of Jesus’ exhortation.

A people who understand how much the Father overlooks, forgives, tolerates and endures – just for they themselves to be accepted – don’t have to make a great leap to extend the same leniency to others. 490 times seems like a lot to forgive anyone until you’re the one who needs it on the 491st offense. Today, forgive right, forgive well …

Brett Fuller is the senior pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia, and the board chairperson for Every Nation Churches USA.

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