HOW MANY TIMES MUST WE FORGIVE?
Unforgiveness can be a big issue with many people. And most times they are the ones who also need to be forgiven. This situation is very sad, and has many consequences. One of them is discord and division. Instead walking in love, (Yochanan (John) 15:12) end up walking in hate. We read in the Scriptures that Yahoshua was speaking to the apostles about forgiveness and reconciliation and then made a strong statement followed by a parable.
Mattithyahu/Matthew 18:21 Then Kepha (Peter) came to Him and said, “Adonai, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up seven times? 22 Yahoshua said to him, “I do not to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 23 Because of this the reign of the shamayim (heaven) is like a certain man, a sovereign who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24”And when he had begun to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talanton, 25 but as he was unable to pay, his master commanded that he be sold with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 “Then the servant fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I shall pay you all.’ 27 “And the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. 28”And that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver pieces. And he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe! 29”Then his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I shall pay you all.’ 30”But he would not, and went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 “And when his fellow servant saw what had been done, they were deeply grieved, and came and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master called him and said to him, ‘Wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt seeing you begged me. 33 ‘Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, as I also had compassion on you? 34 “And his master was wroth, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 “So also My Father of the shamayim shall do to you if each of you from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.’
How many times you may have wondered about the fact that you have already forgiven our own spouse so many times, but he/she continues to hurt you? Some of us had to continually forgive our children, but they kept on being rebellious refusing to honor us? They continued to offend us over and over again, yet we know we had to forgive them, and we did, but we prayed to Yahweh to change them as soon as possible!
We not only must forgive our family, but we must also forgive our close friends who sometimes are not too kind to us. What about those leaders in spiritual authority, who supposed to love and help us? Our own pastors or rabbis, at times they may hurt us, or even treat us as enemies if we dare to make a comment on some of their actions. What do we do? Move away from their church or synagogue? This may be necessary at times. But yes, we must forgive everyone, every time, and not only seven times, but seven times seven, which means continually.
I personally have heard people saying: “I cannot forgive that person.” Or “This was too much, they destroyed my reputation.” People who do not understand the goodness of Yahweh who is merciful and compassionate as Yahoshua is clearly teaching us in this parable have a very difficult time forgiving anyone.
We also read in the Scriptures that Mosheh (Moses) who had already spoken with Yahweh so many times on the Mount Sinai, he still needed a revelation of Yahweh. Mosheh wanted so much more knowledge and understanding of the Person of His Elohim, and maybe we should follow his example. Through his hunger for more revelation of his Elohim we learn something very important about the person of Yahweh.
Shemoth/Exodus 33: 13-14, 18-20 “And now, please, if I have found favour in Your eyes, please show me Your way, and let me know You. So that I find favour in Your eyes. And consider that this nation is Your people.” 14 And He said, “My Presence goes, and I shall give you rest.”
Mosheh continues to persist in his request.
18 Then he said, “Please, show me Your esteem (glory).” 19 And He said, “I shall cause all My goodness to pass before you, and I shall proclaim the Name of Yahweh before you. And I shall favour him whom I favour, and shall have compassion on him whom I have compassion.”20 But He said, “You are unable to see My face, for no man sees Me and lives.”
Then Yahweh gave Mosheh some instructions and he was able to receive the answer to his request. The Presence of Yahweh passed before him on the designated mountain.
Shemoth 34:5, 6, 7 And Yahweh came down in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the Name, Yahweh. 6 And Yahweh passed before him and proclaimed, “Yahweh, Yahweh, an El compassionate and showing favour, patient, and great in kindness and truth, 7 watching over kindness for thousands, forgiving wickedness and transgression and sin, but by no means leaving unpunished, visiting the wickedness of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.
I needed to write all these verses for us to really understand the goodness of Yahweh. We noticed that Yahweh answered Moshe’s request. However, He could not see his face or he would die! But He gave Mosheh a clear revelation of who He is. Yahweh proclaimed to be compassioned and that He shows favour, which also means to be gracious to us. And this is the message of Yahoshua’s parable of the unforgiving servant. Yahweh will forgive our sins, because we can never pay back the debt we owe. He has set rules in His Kingdom, and we as His children, have the privilege to know those rules, and the privilege to be able to obey them. He is gracious and gives us favour as we need. When we have difficult time forgiving someone, we can ask Him to help us, and He will grant us our request. His desire is that we love our neighbor as ourselves
Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 19:18 “Do not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the children of your people. And you shall love your neighbour as yourself. I am Yahweh.”
Mattithyahu 5:44 “Love your enemies, barakh (bless) those cursing you, do good to those hating you, and pray for those insulting you and persecuting you, 45 so that you become sons of your Father in the shamayim.”
Yahoshua taught on the importance love and of forgiveness. Some people do not realize that unforgiveness hurts them. Unforgiveness can and will cause many sickness. Unforgiveness originates and comes to us from Satan himself. Unforgiveness is a grave sin, and we must repent, or we cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven.
Very clearly all of us know that we have sinned.
Romiyim (Romans) 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim.
There is no one who can say: “I am righteous.” Yahoshua is the only one, who could say that Satan had nothing on Him, and therefore He could cast out Satan, and he had to flee.
Yahoshua did not die for his own sin, for He was sinless, (Qorin’tiyim 2, 5:21), but He died for the sin of the world, which includes you and me. (Yochanan 3:16)
All of us need to receive the gift of forgiveness from our Heavenly Father Yahweh. He is merciful and compassionate, and through the shedding of the blood of Yahoshua now we can enter into the Most Holy Place to worship Him. Yahoshua our Supreme Sacrifice reconciles us to the Father; however, we must repent of sin.
Qorin’tiyim 2 (2 Corinthians) 5:18-20 And all is from Yahweh, who has restored us to favour with Himself through Yahoshua ha’Mashiach, and has given us the service of restoration to favour, 19 that is, that Elohim was I Mashiach restoring the world to favour unto Himself, not reckoning their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of restoration to favour. Therefore we are envoys on behalf of Mashiach, as though Elohim were pleading through us. We beg, on behalf of Mashiach: Be restored to favour with Elohim. HS
Without Mashiach we are lost for eternity. All of us are unworthy to receive His forgiveness. We have done nothing to deserve His grace and compassion. We have disobeyed all His Commandments. Our hands are stained in blood! We are guilty, and we continue to sin all the time. We need to be forgiven, but we must repent of all sin, which includes unforgiveness, and start obeying His Commands.
Mattithyahu (Matthew) 4:17 From that time Yahoshua began to proclaim and to say, “Repent, for the reign of the shamayim has drawn near.”`b
Ma’aseh (Acts) 2:38 And Kepha (Peter) said to them, “Repent, and let each one of you be immersed in the Name of Yahoshua ha’Mashiach for the forgiveness of sins. And you shall receive the gift of the Ruach ha’Qodesh. (Holy Spirit). 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off, as many as Yahweh our Elohim shall call.”
Constantly we must ask to be forgiven by our Elohim. And he does forgive us. Therefore we, as forgiven people, we are commanded to forgive those who hurt us. I mentioned in other messages, that the Scriptures effectively instruct to forgive or we cannot be forgiven.
Mattithyahu (Matthew) 6:12, 14 “Forgive our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Father of the Shamayim shall also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither shall your Father forgive your trespasses.”HS
We are only forgiven according to what we do. If we forgive others, we are forgiven. (Matt. 6:12).
Yahoshua answering Kepha (Peter) said: “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven!
What He is saying? Are we going to count how many times they hurt us, and how many times we have forgiven them? Let us think about how many sins we have committed and consequently how many times Yahweh has forgiven us. Can we count them? My friend, we must forgive everyone and as many times as they hurt us. You see, they not only are sinning against us, but against Yahweh, and He will forgive them, when they repent. Are we nobler that Yahweh?
I hope today you will decide to forgive, because according to how much you forgive, you will be forgiven.
Until next time.
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