Forgiveness Without Limits
Followers of Jesus must forgive others because God has abundantly forgiven them.
I. What is my obligation to forgive?
a. God expects me to forgive.
“Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.” Corrie ten Boom
b. How do I know when I have met God’s requirements for forgiveness?
II. Christ demands extravagant forgiveness from his followers.
The teaching within Judaism (based on Amos 1:3; 2:6; Job 33:29, 30) is that three times was enough to show a forgiving spirit. Rabbinic Judaism recognized that repeat offenders may not really be repenting at all: “If a man commits a transgression, the first, second and third time he is forgiven, the fourth time he is not”