Then Peter came to Him and said, “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)
The ability to keep on forgiving one who repeatedly sins against us is to imitate the divine quality of forgiveness. Peter undoubtedly thought to forgive an offending brother seven times was being truly lenient and merciful. But, God places no such restraint on forgiving sinners who turn to Him in repentance. Jesus used the exaggerated number of “seventy times seven” to teach the limitless, boundless nature of forgiveness. Forgiveness must be from the heart, for without such, we will not be forgiven by God (read Matthew 18:23-35). Develop your heart to forgive others “even as Christ forgave you” (Col. 3:13).