Matt. 18:21-22 ¶ 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.
In a relationship, even in the closest of relationships, it is easy for feelings to be hurt. It is these moments all of us are faced with the decision to distance ourselves or forgive, allow healing for the hurt, and sustain the closeness of the relationship. Jesus taught us to love our enemies. Only He could preach this without any hypocrisy due to His death for everyone’s sin. The response of Jesus to Peter in Matthew 18:22 was another example of this point to forgive others always and never allow distance in a relationship due to hurt. This is a high standard that I struggle to keep myself, but Jesus is the great model of this by always accepting us a we approach Him. His love is relentless towards us and according to Romans 8 will never leave us.