“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” – Matthew 18:21-22 (KJV)

There are many lessons to learn from our Lord Jesus Christ’s teachings. In the opening scripture, He taught about forgiveness. Apparently, Peter, after receiving Jesus Christ into his life and having become a disciple, had to add to his knowledge in the area of forgiveness. He taught it was appropriate to count people’s offenses and pay them back after the seventh time. However, he had to learn from Jesus Christ that it is unnecessary to count people’s offenses or sins but to develop a heart of love and eternal forgiveness to our offenders.

Dear beloved, are you counting the sins of any brethren against you? Jesus Christ wants you to mature—developing the heart of love for your offenders and learning to hold nothing against them (Matthew 6:14–15). This will put your heart in the position to continually receive the blessings of God and becoming a channel of blessing. Jesus Christ demonstrated this by forgiving those who crucified Him on the cross; He never allowed the pain to influence Him (Luke 23:34). You can also do the same and be blessed. Praise the Lord. God bless you!

Prayer Point: My dear Lord Jesus, thank You for counselling me never to count people’s sins or wrongs against them. Please continually comfort me as I put Your counsel to work and rid me of any pain or bitterness in my heart when I’m offended. Amen!