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Question: “What did Jesus mean when He said that we should forgive others seventy times seven?”
Answer: Jesus said we are to forgive others “seventy times seven” in response to Peter’s question, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” (Matthew 18:21-22). To fully understand what Jesus was saying, we must look at the context of the whole chapter, for Jesus was speaking not only about forgiving one another, but about Christian character, both in and out of the church. The admonition to forgive our brother seventy times seven follows Jesus discourse on discipline in the church (Matthew 18:15-20), in which He lays down the rules for restoring a sinning brother.