Scripture for Today: Matt. 18:21-22 “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.'”
I have never thrown a boomerang so I would be the last choice to participate in the many competitions that exist. When thrown in a certain way the boomerang is designed to return to the person who threw it. It is made to spin on an axis perpendicular to the direction of its flight and so return to the point of origin. Who has not seen the boomerang used in a cartoon, hitting the unsuspecting on the back of the head!
In today’s verse, Peter asks the Lord how many times he should forgive his brother. I am sure that when Peter suggested seven times he felt he was being very generous. But the Lord’s answer was surprising; seventy times seven. It is not that we are to count at all. The idea is that we forgive our brother every time he asks. Like that boomerang, there are those in our lives who keep coming back for forgiveness. Perhaps it is a family member. Maybe it is someone in the church. It could even be that they are asking forgiveness for the same exact offense every time!
How exasperating to have to forgive someone over and over again. And yet, this is what the Lord does for me. Like a boomerang, I keep coming back to Him for forgiveness and very often for the same failing. I am so glad He does not count. I am so thankful that He promises to forgive me every time I come to Him (I John1:9)
Lord, help me not to count but show that same forgiveness to others!