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In our Christian journey, forgiveness is not just a recommendation but a mandate reflecting the heart of the gospel. Jesus, in Matthew 18:22 (GNT), responds to Peter's inquiry about forgiveness by saying, "No, not seven times," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven." It is a metaphor for an unlimited amount of times, illustrating the boundless nature of forgiveness that we are called to extend to others, mirroring God's infinite mercy towards us.

Embracing forgiveness requires God’s assistance and a heart transformed by the Holy Spirit. We view others through the lens of grace and understand that we, too, need to forgive.

By forgiving as we have been forgiven, we embody Christ's love and compassion, setting a powerful example for the world to see. Make forgiveness a defining characteristic of your walk with Christ and continually reflect His grace and mercy in your interactions with others. That’s what Jesus did!


Forgiveness is the ultimate act of grace.


Lord, please help me extend forgiveness to others in the same way as You have to me. Amen.

Action Point

Is it time to forgive someone you find it difficult to?

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(GNT) Good News Translation® (Today’s English Version, Second Edition) © 1992 American Bible Society. All rights reserved. For more information about GNT, visit and

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