As I contemplated this week’s Forgiveness Sundays post, I kept getting the sense about the response of Jesus to Peter question about how often one should forgive a brother who sinned against you, in Matthew 18:21 – 22
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
King James Version (KJV)
I looked up the 70 times 7 on both my least favorite search engine and YouTube. This YouTube video – 70 x 7 = Forgiveness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG3IfA39Z9k (around 8:16 minutes long) and the YouTuber‘s post – https://www.fusionglobal.org/why-7-times-70/ were high on both searches.
I know some literalists and legalists who would argue the point that 70 times 7 is the maximum number of times you should forgive someone, but the point I believe Jesus was making went beyond simply 490 times being the maximum number of times you should forgive someone based on numerous other quotes that used forgive or forgiveness by Jesus in the Gospels.