The Bible records a fascinating discussion between Simon and the Christ. The Scriptures read, “Peter asked, ‘Lord, when someone has sinned against me, how many times ought I forgive him? Once? Twice? As many as seven times?’ Jesus replies, ‘You must forgive not seven times, but seventy times seven'” (Matthew 18: 21-22, The Voice).
The Voice commentators write, “The response of Jesus is like the story of Lamech in Genesis. He was Adam and Eve’s great-great-great-great grandson who had two wives. One day he said to his wives, ‘Wives of Lamech, I need to tell you something! I killed a man who struck me. Surely Lamech must be avenged seventy-seven times.’ In the new Kingdom of forgiveness, we reverse and invert Lamech’s plan. As Christians, we should forgive others’ transgressions more readily than the world would avenge them” (261).
Is that my response? Am I as quick to give up my right to retaliate as others are at demanding it?