I’m struggling with Jesus this morning.
Taking Issue With Jesus
I don’t like Jesus sometimes. I love him. But I’m not always good with certain teachings.
“Not seven, but seventy-seven times.” As in, “Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother, up to seven times,” asked Peter?
Sure. That’s going to happen. I get Peter on this. At least he’s being honest, mostly. He wants a limit. He needs a line. Actually, he wants a law that protects him so when he’s forgiven his brother seven times, he can then righteously punch his lights out, or hold a lifetime grudge, or something. I like it. Seems fair. Yep, I’m with Peter on this one. In fact, I think I’ll offer a practical “Forgiveness Measure Chart.”
Each type of offense should receive a certain number of forgiveness’s, and then…!!!
The Rick Fyffe Forgiveness Quotient Chart: (FQ)
- HURTING YOUR FEELINGS: a three-FQ
- INSULTING YOUR FAMILY: a two-FQ
- BACK STABBING YOU: a 1- FQ
- GOSSIPING ABOUT YOU: a 2-FQ
- WEARING SOMETHING TACKY: a 6-FQ
- GENERAL SNIPPINESS: a 4-FQ
- NOT SUPPORTING YOUR TEAM: a 4-FQ
- NON-SPECIFIC OBNOXIOUSNESS: a 7-FQ
- NOT RETURNING YOUR LAWN MOWER: a zero tolerance-FQ
So after allowing the full number of FQ’s per type of offense, you are permitted, and protected by law, to do to them as they have done to you, or worse, because you should get a little extra for having been patient in the first place.
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of keeping good records.
This seems fair to me. It’s carefully measured and will help everyone be more consistent. The whole eye for eye thing remains intact, but now it has appropriate guidelines and policies we can all live by. Besides, forgiving people up to 77 times, or 70 X 7, was never going to happen. Theres just no way anyone would ever practice that level of forgiveness.