“Jesus makes it clear that forgiveness is always the expected response.”
A quick check of an NIV study Bible shows the root word “forgive” being used in ninety-six Scripture verses. Clearly, Jesus wanted to grab our attention concerning this topic. Jesus’ interaction with Peter when He told the parable about the unmerciful servant proves His expected response is always to forgive, “not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 18:21-22)
Have you ever withheld forgiveness from someone who wronged you and felt the weight of that disobedience? Why do think it is hard to forgive others?