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The Seven Abominations Of Anger Part VIII

    Then Peter came to Jesus and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Matthew 18:21

    Jesus answered Peter by telling him that he should forgive, not just seven times but seventy times seven which amounts to 490 times! In other words we are to forgive as many times as we are asked to forgive someone who has wronged us or hurt us, no matter what the offense was.

    He then gave Peter an illustration of forgiveness in a story of a servant who owed much and was forgiven much. The servant owed his master ten thousand talents and was unable to pay, so his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, children and all that he owned that payment be made. The servant fell down and begged his master to spare him and he would repay all he owed and the master was moved with compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.

    The servant who should have rejoiced upon being forgiven went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred Denarii, a very small sum compared to what he owed and he choked the servant demanding payment and the servant begged him, just as he had done for forgiveness, but he refused and threw him into prison. When his fellow servants saw what he had done they reported it to their master and he in turn rebuked the un-forgiving servant and delivered him to the torturers until he repaid all that was owed.

    The only way to be delivered from the "Seven Abominations of Anger" is to forgive and release those who have hurt you because if you don't forgive God will not forgive you, and He will also hand you over to the torturers (demons) until you forgive from your heart! Remember how much God has forgiven you?

    "And his master was angry and delivered him to the torturers (tormentors) until he should pay all that was due to him. "So shall my heavenly Father also do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses." Matthew 18:34,35

Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin