"The number seven often has a highly significant meaning in Scripture. In the book of Hebrews, the number seven is shevah, which comes from the root savah, which means "to be full, to be satisfied." The number seven often, therefore, speaks of a complete work (but not always). In this passage Christ is telling Peter, "Down here, the need to forgive never ends. You must forgive again and again and again." ~ The Storm Inside by Sheila Walsh
How do you forgive? Let's start by learning what unforgiveness is.
"Unforgiveness - Holding a debt over someone else. Not allowing for mistakes, carelessness, or weakness. Making someone pay for something Jesus already paid for." ~ Rebekah Royal WOW!!! Hard truth right there!
In Ephesians 4:32 we're told to forgive because we have been forgiven. "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
We are already forgiven, it's when we confess those sins that we can rejoice and be free in that forgiveness!
So how do we forgive others? "It feels really good when a friend forgives us after we have done something bad. We can be friends again and have fun together. When your friend asked you to forgive him (or even if they don't ask), remember how it feels to be forgiven, and forgive your friend. Jesus is our best Friend, and He ALWAYS forgives us when we do something wrong. Forgive friends and you will be more like Jesus." ~ Bedtime Devotions with Jesus by Johnny Hunt
Look back and remember all the things Jesus has forgiven you for, if you are like me, there is a lot!! Remember what it feels like to be forgiven. Remember that nothing and nobody (except Jesus) on earth is perfect. We have to allow room for imperfection in others, just as we would like to have others allow room for our imperfections. ~ Judy Reamer