God not only keeps forgiving, he doesn’t even keep a score.
Which is the only type of forgiveness by which any of us would be saved.
From Jerry Parries at Key Life.
I was sharing with my friend the inexhaustible, wonderful, amazing Grace of God, and that God loves to forgive his children. My friend said to me, “Yes, but if you keep sinning, God will get tired of you at some point. God is not going to allow you to make the same mistake over and over again. If you don’t get it together, you are going to receive the judgment of God.”
Surprisingly, many Christians today feel this way. So, we are scared to death, waiting for God to drop the hammer down upon us. So, when something goes wrong in our lives, we attribute it to our bad behavior or sin that we have committed. Can I tell you something? This is so far from the truth. Our heavenly Father is not like this AT ALL. This is a lie from the pits of hell. Jesus loves you more than you will ever know.
People have a hard time forgiving, but not God. There was an old saying I heard as a child from the adults I hung around: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” They would say, “Don’t let people, make a fool out of you. You give a person one chance and that’s it!” With a mindset like this we know why people feel like God is not a forgiving God.
Our heavenly Father is not like man. He is full of love and his mercies are renewed every morning. I shared this story with my friend. It is found in Matthew 18:21 Peter asked Jesus this exact question. Peter said to Jesus, “How often should I forgive my brother who sins against me, seven times?” Listen to this, that is too many times for any human to be able to handle in his own strength. How can you forgive someone who offends you 7 times in a day? None of us has that ability. But we are not God. Jesus said, “NO, Peter, you should forgive your brother 7 X 70 in a day.” Do you realize Jesus is asking Peter to forgive his brother 490 times in one day? Let that sink in. What I am about to say, PLEASE pay Close Attention. I told my friend if Jesus asked Peter to forgive his brother 490 times in one day, how many times will Jesus forgive you in a day? If he asked Peter to do it 490 times, I believe he will forgive us double the amount of times. That means you could sin 980 times in one day—that is a sin every minute you are awake—and Jesus will forgive you. This is God’s inexhaustible, wonderful, and amazing Grace that we preach about at Key Life.
See, my friend, Jesus will never get tired of forgiving you. Romans 5:20 says, “Where sin abounds, Grace abounds MUCH MORE!” I have some GREAT NEWS! You will run out of sin before God runs out of Grace. Go in peace, put a smile on your face, Jesus loves you and ALL of your sins—past, present, and future—are forgiven. Does God get tired of forgiving? The answer is a resounding, NO!