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Forgiving Others: What did Jesus say about Forgiving Others

What did Jesus say about forgiving others

Jesus spoke extensively about the importance of forgiving others. One key passage is found in Matthew 18:21-22, where Peter asks Jesus how often he should forgive someone who sins against him. Jesus replies, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times,” emphasizing the need for limitless forgiveness .

Three main takeaways from Jesus’ teachings on forgiveness are:

  1. Forgiveness is central to the Christian faith: Jesus’ response to Peter signifies that forgiveness should not have limits. This teaching is foundational, showing that as God offers unlimited forgiveness to us, we are to extend the same grace to others.
  2. Forgiveness is linked to our own forgiveness: In Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus teaches that our forgiveness from God is connected to how we forgive others. This underscores the seriousness with which we must approach forgiveness, recognizing it as a key aspect of our relationship with God and others.
  3. Forgiveness is a matter of the heart: Jesus’ parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:23-35 illustrates the importance of forgiving from the heart. The servant, forgiven a great debt by his master, refuses to forgive a small debt owed to him by a fellow servant, leading to his punishment. This parable teaches that forgiveness is not just a verbal or outward act but must be a genuine disposition of the heart【9†source】.

These teachings emphasize the depth and breadth of forgiveness in the Christian life, highlighting it as an essential practice rooted in the love and grace of God.


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