Honestly, I can relate to Peter. Math was never my strong suit. My worst nightmare at school involved those word problems where one train is traveling from Chicago at 70 miles an hour and there’s another one coming from New York at 90 miles an hour. I was never good at those.
But it seems to me that if you’re actually counting the number of times you’ve forgiven someone, you haven’t really forgiven them. You’ve stored the offense in your mind to bring up at a later time should they exceed the number of forgivenesses allowed to one person.
If you forgive out of a true and sincere heart, you lose count. You’re not keeping score anymore. You’re not saying that what they did was okay nor that they should be able to keep doing it. You’re saying that you release them from the expectation of putting right what they did wrong.
I’m thankful God doesn’t keep a ledger of how many times He’s forgiven my many sins. There’s no danger of me going over the sin limit and losing my salvation. Forgiveness from God means that my sins are removed as far as the east is from the west and remembered no more.
If I do that, I don’t have to do math as well as practice forgiveness. I think I like that.