“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.”
Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive someone. Surely if we forgave someone seven, eight, or even ten times when they had wronged us, then we would be justified in retaliation. No, Jesus said we should forgive “until seventy-times seven”. By saying this, he didn’t mean we had to forgive exactly 490 times. He meant that we should always forgive.
Jesus told Peter a parable about a king who was owed a debt. The man who owed the debt was about to be cast into prison, but the king had mercy on him, and let him go free. Not long after, the man was angry with someone who also owed him money, and had his debtor cast into prison. When the king heard what had happened, he told the man that he would not forgive him if he refused to forgive others. Heavenly Father loves us and forgives us as we turn our trust to Him. He invites us to return that graciousness to others and forgive in the same way.
Jesus later taught the parable of the good Samaritan. A man from Jerusalem fell among thieves and was seriously wounded. A priest and a Levite both passed him by, but a Samaritan stopped to help. The Samaritan took care of the man and found him shelter, even though Jews and Samaritans didn’t usually like each other.
It’s important to look past one another’s faults and realize that we are all children of God. We should love, forgive, and help each other.
“When we choose to forgive others, we allow the Lord to remove the poison from our souls. We permit Him to soothe and soften our hearts, so we can see others, especially those who have wronged us, as children of God, and as our brothers and sisters.” Russell M. Nelson
Your family will learn about endless forgiveness while doing this fun puzzle activity that emphasizes Jesus Christ's teachings to His apostles about forgiveness.
These fun Flash Card “FORGIVENESS” Cookies are sweet and soft, but not as sweet as the feeling you get when you soften your heart and forgive others.
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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