Then Peter came up and said to him [Jesus], “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. Matt. 18:21-22

Lord Jesus, we’re living in climate of taking offense and recording wrongs; hair-trigger anger and get-even revenge. Friends, families, and neighbors have signs in their yards and caps on their heads declaring allegiances and boundaries. Have mercy on us, Lord Jesus, have mercy. Who needs international enemies when we can be destroyed from within?

Jesus, we come to you today for seventy-times-seven grace. We humble ourselves before you. This side of heaven, some relationships won’t be healed, but they don’t have to stay toxic. None of us can afford the price tag of choosing not to forgive from our hearts.

By your Holy Spirit, reignite the glorious reality of the full and free forgiveness we have from you. May we never forget it, under-believe it, or take our forgiveness for granted. Tragically, we suffer from gospel-amnesia and grace-dementia.

We are to forgive others as you’ve forgiven us, Jesus. It’s as simple, messy, and as costly as that. We’re not to be doormats to be walked on, but the doorway to stories of mercy, grace, and redemption. You’ve promised to finance our choice to love with the riches of the Gospel.

The toxins of bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness are too deadly to store in our heart-pantry. May the wonder of our forgiveness be 10,000 times more real than our most broken relationships. Help us, Jesus. So very Amen we pray in your liberating and healing name.