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“…For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. -Matthew 18:20-22
 
In our text Peter seeks a standard of forgiveness for the fellowship of believers. He wants to know how many times a good believer should forgive another believer…
If he steps on my toe… how many times should I forgive him?
If he utters a crossword… how many times should I forgive him?
If he walks past me and doesn’t speak how many times should I forgive him?
Peter was generous, he was better than some of us. He suggested 7times. “Clearly Lord, if he disrespects me and I forgive him 7times, I shouldn’t have to forgive him anymore.” But Jesus said more than 7times…77times… Jesus’ standard is unlimited forgiveness. That’s how much he forgives us.
There is no limit on the amount of forgiveness available to us through Jesus the Christ.
Day after day he forgives the damage we do to his name. He forgives us a limitless number of times and this is the standard in the church of Jesus the Christ.
God wants cooperation modeled in his church.
God wants brotherly love modeled in his church.
God wants peace modeled in his church.
God wants harmony modeled in his church.
And in order to produce the atmosphere he wants in his church, we must emulate the standard he set… We must forgive without limit.
Stop fighting and forgive!
Stop bickering and forgive!
Stop worrying about positions and forgive!
Stop worrying about protecting your turf and forgive!
Instead of fighting, praise the Lord.
Instead of bickering, praise the Lord.
Instead of jostling for position, praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord…who forgives all your sins and heals our disease.
The standard of unlimited forgiveness has been set by our Savior who forgave so much.
How many times will you forgive your brother and/or sister?
Yours In Community Transformation.

 Rev. Gillard S. Glover

 

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