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21 Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
How many times have you sinned the same sin today?
Seven times seventy?
How many times has the Lord forgiven you just today alone?
Seven times seventy?
Do you sometimes feel like the Lord has not forgiven you?
Before you answer, I have to tell you about my little baby girl.
She is almost nine months old, the cutest thing in the world and she is crawling. You know if you have kids, that when they start to crawl they get into everything.
But my little girl also knows the word "no" and what it means. When she starts to get into something she's not suppose to I just say, "No" and she will usually stop. But then maybe five minutes later she will be at it again, and again I will say, "No" and she will stop.
Sin is disobedience to the Father (God) and doing something when He says no.
So when my little baby girl does something wrong that she knows she's not suppose to be doing, does that mean I love her less, no matter how many times in a day I have to say, "No" about the same thing? No, I still love her and my love for her doesn't change because of what she does.
Our parents felt the same way about you, and if you have children you also feel the same way about your children.
So why do we think that God would love us less when we sin, even if it is the same thing more then once in a day? Do we think our love is greater then God's love for us?
Our love is not greater then God's love, so just as we forgive and love our children, God forgives and loves us even more when we mess up.
So don't let satan lie to you and tell you that God doesn't love you anymore because you sinned one to many times.
And just remember this little story next time you don't think that God loves you or has forgiven you.
1 John 4:16 (NLT) We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in him.