Why keep on forgiving?

When the disciple Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive his brother who had sinned against him, Jesus replied, "Until seventy times seven" (Matt. 18:22). For me the value of this advice lies in its efficacy in bringing about a healing of sin.

When a contractor was working on a project at my home, I felt that he was not abiding by the spirit of the agreement. I became annoyed at his attitude and subsequently stopped payment on a check already given him. The situation reached the stage where there was a wish on my part that he actually would do something else incorrectly so that more money could be withheld from him.

"Who teacheth like him?"*
August 14, 1995

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