This time you went too far; Jesus is ready to give up on you. Ever have thoughts like that? No? Well, then, this post is not for you. But if you have, consider, Jesus taught us to pray:
“…and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.” – ( Matthew 6:12)
Later, when Peter asked:
… “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. – ( Matthew 18:21b—22 )
No doubt, Peter thought he would be commended for suggesting we should forgive someone for repeating an offense as many as seven times. When you think about it, it would take a pretty big heart to keep forgiving after the second or third time. But Jesus suggests a number so big it effectively means an unlimited number of times.
And we are to forgive like that because that is how much we need God’s forgiveness! The rest of Matthew 18 is a parable through which Jesus taught us to forgive as we have been forgiven, which means in unlimited measure.
It’s not that God is a soft touch. He’s not amused, doesn’t think what you did is cute. He doesn’t smile and say, ” Well, boys will be boys…” Instead, God forgives with unlimited grace because He knows what you need. His plan is to set you free from everything for which you need forgiveness. His love and His grace overpowers our sin. Every time.
Good thing to remember, the next time you are telling yourself, “This time I’ve gone too far.”