Then came Peter to Him and said, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Till seven times?” Then Jesus saith unto him “I say not unto thee, until seven times: but until seventy times seven.”
Isn’t it interesting that Peter’s question about how many times forgiveness should be extended to a person, would later be the same grace he needed after denying Jesus three times? It is clear that Jesus was trying to express to Peter the extent of forgiveness, but also that He was setting this disciple up for the promotion coming as an apostle and pillar of the Church.
Forgiveness was and is a critical point with Jesus because that is what He offered and gave freely to those who now believe in His Name. It is one’s ability to be able to “release” others from their wrongs that makes one walk in this characteristic of Christ. It is also the inability to forgive or release others that keep people bound and stagnate in their growth as a believer. One cannot progress successfully with “baggage” weighing them down. When a person chooses not to forgive, they remain “tied” or “bound” to the “wrong” and the person who committed the “wrong”. If they continue in this manner, all of those people become “weights” they carry, severely hindering their progressive growth in the Lord.
Often, people don’t experience breakthroughs in their lives because they have yet to “release” someone from a wrong committed in the past. Therefore, they cannot be healed or move from that place. They are “tied” to it. If you could do a “spirit check” and actually see all of the people who are still “bound” to you because you have not forgiven them, you may get strong clarity as to why you cannot get to the next level in God.
Here’s the key: God commands that we forgive. And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
How can we freely receive that gift from Him and not freely give the same gift to another? It is likely at this very place where many believers get stuck in ruts. What they fail to realize is that the only way out of the “rut”, is to drop the weight. Forgiving or letting go of people and the wrongs they have committed “unties” or “looses” you from that place, giving you the opportunity to move on in God.
So, as you make preparation to go to the next level in Him, do a spirit check to see who is still “tied” to you. Are there people in your past or present that you need to forgive? Give them the gift of forgiveness and let them go. This is your first step in getting to the next level in God.
Sword Sharpener: Luke 7:27-38
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