“For a long time,” Stan began, “I had a piece of paper pinned to the wall above my desk. On it I had written ’70 X 7’ to remind me about what Jesus said about forgiveness.”
“Supposed to forgive someone 490 times?” I responded.
“No,” Stan replied. “I think it means without limitation. My forgiveness is to be without any self-imposed limits.”
“In any event,” he continued, “one of my neighbors is real handy with woodworking. He and I were in my den a couple of weeks ago talking about a Bible study he is thinking of putting together for the neighborhood.”
“Last night,” Stan said, he came by and gave me the most beautiful wooden plaque he had made. He used his jigsaw to cut out ’70 X 7.’ I don’t know what kind of wood he used, but he finished it beautifully.”
“When he gave it to me, he said he thought that it would be more permanent than the piece of paper he had seen on my wall.”
Continuing, Stan said, “A permanent reminder of how I am to forgive is absolutely essential to my walking with God as he intends.”
“Thanks to my very thoughtful neighbor, I now have a most beautiful and more permanent reminder sitting on the shelf above my desk. Now all I have to do is look at it, remember what Jesus said, and make it a permanent part of my walk with Him.”
“Stan,” I said, “you are blessed with some very special neighbors.”
“Blessing upon blessing,” Stan replied.
Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21, 22.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your model of forgiveness. Thank you I have been forgiven through my acceptance of the finished work of Christ on the cross. I confess that too often I do not forgive others in the way you want. Please forgive me. And please lead me in truly taking to heart that I am to forgive others without my self-imposed limitations, just as you have forgiven me. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.