Seven times seventy is 490 times. Imagine a brother or sister offending you once. You forgive. They do the same thing twice. You forgive. They do it again, and again, and again, and again, and again. Well that is seven times. You forgive. This is where Peter stops. At this point we still see the offense and accuse the offender.
You know what happens by the 490th time? We can no longer see the offense nor accuse the offender. Rather, by that stage we see a brother or sister that desperately needs the love of God to be given to them through you or me. Jesus is so intense about this aspect of His vision that he warns us of the potential of losing our own forgiveness if we do not like-wise forgive our brother or sister from our hearts (Matthew 13:23 -35).
The following are a number of quotes that I’ve found particularly useful and thought I would share with you here.
“One reason sin flourishes is that it is treated like a cream puff instead of a rattlesnake.” – Billy Sunday
“Pain can either make us better or bitter.” – Tim Hansel
“Forgiveness is freeing up and putting to better use the energy once consumed by holding grudges, harboring resentments, and nursing unhealed wounds. It is rediscovering the strengths we always had and relocating our limitless capacity to understand and accept other people and ourselves.” – Sidney and Suzanne Simon
“When you forgive, you in no way change the past-but you sure do change the future.” – Bernard Meltzer
“I have learned that sometimes “sorry” is not enough. Sometimes you actually have to change.” – Claire London
“It takes a strong person to say sorry, and an ever stronger person to forgive.” – Unknown