The Math of Forgiveness
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22
Unless you’ve spent your entire life hidden under a rock, you’ve been hurt by someone. Maybe some of us have received bigger hurts, but everyone has been let down by a human at some point.
Peter thought he was being generous offering forgiveness seven times. Today’s society is split. It seems there are some who encourage grace and others who cry out for revenge. As women, we can find this topic extremely hard. The lord designed us with tender hearts to love and nurture our families, but then also gave us a fierce protection reflex. Never mess with a bear’s cubs...or with any mother for that matter! We can defend and be loyal to the death for our loved ones or friends. So, here we are. A bunch of women who are sensitive and love deeply but also can tear a strip off anyone who threatens our family or security.
A recipe for disaster.
Ladies, we need to recognize that the Word also warns that the tongue is sharper than a two-edged sword. Words, once spoken, (or in today’s society, texted or messaged) cannot be undone. We need to choose them wisely, at times hold them, and in some situations stifle them all together. The Bible says we are to yield and be controlled by the Holy Spirit...but we are fallen creatures and we mess up. When we do trip over our words, we need to ask forgiveness quickly from those we have offended. And, just as Jesus said, be willing to extend forgiveness to others...seventy times seven. So, let’s all strive to speak slowly and with kindness. It will save us from doing a whole lot of math.