THE LIMIT OF SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN

Daily Devotional

“Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you” (Matthew 18:33)?

While using the extreme of “seventy times seven” to capture the boundless nature of forgiveness that must be offered to the brother who sins against you, Jesus then utilizes a parable that, in the end, does in fact place a limitation on forgiveness. God’s mercy meets its end at the very point it is withheld; when the disciple who has received God’s grace refuses it to the one that has sinned against him. For those who have known the blessing of God’s grace there is the responsibility of being a conduit of that grace.

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