Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times." Matthew 18:22
Peter asked a good question, do we forgive those who have sinned against us, seven times. And Jesus lovingly said not seven times but seventy-seven times. Which he means as many times as the need is to forgive.
We are stubborn creatures that hold on to our anger for another, refusing to forgive the hurt they cause us. It is so very hard for us to look at them and say I forgive you. And when they continue to cause hurt and we keep looking at them with disgust in our eyes, then we fail to do as Jesus asks.
Sometimes even when we walk away we need to forgive, not just others but ourselves too. God forgives us, even when we may think we do not desreve it. This is the beauty of God, his love that speaks so clearly of forgiveness.
Yet it is so very hard for us to forgive. We have different scenarios that could be spoken of, that cause great harm to another. It is in these difficult moments of pain and hurt, that we have an even greater need to give forgiveness as well as ask for it from those we do the hurt. What forgiving does is free us from useless baggage. Unnecessary and unneeded baggage that weighs us down in spirit and soul.
Our world is full of peole who seek revenge. Many refuse to speak to another when they become hurt. And the cycle continues, until we eventually wipe ourselves out, in the name of I'll get you back. So much petty squabbles could easily be taken care of, if only we take the steps to forgive one another, and do what we are suppose to do, love one another.