How many times must a Christian be robbed, abused or cheated on before they stop turning the other cheek and start drawing a line in the sand? When does a steady stream of grace and forgiveness become an open door to sin and injustice?
A good friend of mine asked me this question last week, and I’ve been stewing over it ever since. I know what society would say—push back, sue, call the police, get a restraining order—but what would God say, and why?
Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. [Matt. 18:21-22]
Does Jesus really mean that if my wife starts cheating I should wait for 490 acts of infidelity before asking for a divorce? Does he want me to get beaten up 490 times before calling the police? Is this number really God’s line in the sand? Continue reading