"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." -Matthew 18:21-22
I've been thinking a lot lately about forgiveness. It's been pretty heavy on my mind for months now, actually. It's one of those things where you hear something all your life, but you never really ponder it until a personal experience causes deep, soul-searching reflection and contemplation. I guess the hardest lessons learned in life are the ones you never forget afterward, and I guess it's those learned lessons that stick with you and make you pause before dealing with a given situation that would have otherwise caused a quick, rash decision. With the thought of forgiveness comes the other side of the story... repentance. If we are to forgive seventy times seven, how often should we say "I'm sorry"? When do you reach the point where you know in your heart you've done everything you can to make a wrong situation right? I know there comes a time to drop something, let it lie, so to speak. There are consequences of actions that will cause one to never feel at ease in their heart, I realize that. But when something is left "undone" the way you really wanted it to be "done"... is it ok to try again? These are the thoughts heavy on my mind. Any insight from my readers would be welcomed.