Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “How To Love A Friend”. It is 4 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
TALKING TO GOD
Thank God for His forgiveness and for sending Jesus to wash away your sins.
Find a partner. Do the following actions: Pat your thighs once, clap both hands against your partner’s hands, clap your right hand to your partner’s right hand, clap your left hand to your partner’s left hand, clap both hands against your partner’s hands, then pat your thighs once. The second time through, repeat the sequence within the asterisks five times before ending with the final pat on your thighs. When you are done, talk about which claps you did well and which ones you messed up.
We all make mistakes sometimes. One day, Jesus’ close friend Peter made a big mistake. When people were being mean to Jesus, Peter pretended that he didn’t even know who Jesus was. In Luke 22:57, Peter tells a woman, “I don’t know him.” Twice more he tells people that he is not one of Jesus’ friends. When Peter realized what he had done, he was sorry for his actions. Because Jesus loved Peter, He forgave him. Forgiveness is an important part of all friendships.
TALKING TO EACH OTHER
– When have you hurt one of your friends? What happened when you asked for forgiveness?
– Do friends always forgive? Why?
– How has a friend hurt you? What would you do if the person asked for forgiveness?
Before you rip out your own Bible, let me clear up Matthew 18:22 for us both. In KJV it says seventy times seven. Which to us equates to 490. While here in the ESV it simply says seventy-seven times. So which is it? Actually, it does not matter. We are to forgive each other an unlimited amount of times just like God forgives us. The number is unimportant even though some of us OCD or number savvy people like them. Jesus died for our sins and we have to ask for forgiveness. How can we ask for forgiveness from God when we ourselves have not forgiven those in our life? Simply put, we can’t.