77 = EXPANSIVE

Joan Winifred

Keeping account/NOT keeping account? (my job? i am NOT an accountant!;)

About six months earlier in his hometown of Capernaum, Peter approached Jesus and asked: “Lord, how many times is my brother to sin against me and am I to forgive him? Up to seven times?” Peter likely thought that he was being generous. After all, the religious leaders of the day taught that one had to forgive only three times! Jesus replied: “Not, Up to seven times, but, Up to seventy-seven times.”—Matt. 18:21, 22.

4 Was Jesus suggesting that Peter keep a running tally of a transgressor’s actions? No; rather, by turning Peter’s 7 into a 77, he was saying that love does not allow us to set an arbitrary limit on forgiveness. (1 Cor. 13:4, 5) Jesus showed that Peter had been influenced by a hard-hearted and unforgiving spirit that was prevalent in those days, one that meted out forgiveness as if by an accountant’s ledger. However, divine forgiveness is expansive, generous.— (excerpt: He Learned Forgiveness From the Master)

acknowledging that i desperately need forgiveness…true forgiveness IS a Divine Gift; for sure.

Questions for Consideration:

am i a generous giver?

is my forgiveness expansive?

(9/24/15@ 10:30 a.m.)