Lance LandallSeventy Times Seven, Plus
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Seventy Times Seven, Plus
Poetry by Lance Landall

“Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven’ ”
(Matt 18:22, NKJV).
“ ‘But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions’ ”
(Matt 6:15, NASB).
Now, prudence is certainly a good thing, and we should always use it,
And that there're times where one should draw a line, I'm sure that all would admit.
But may I suggest to you, that before you go drawing such a line,
That you dwell on our Saviour's forgiveness, and His torch on yourself then shine.

Yes, seventy times seven, Jesus has very clearly counselled us,
However, what our Lord really means is, seventy times seven plus.
For all those times that we let God down, and those times that He forgives us,
Aren’t simply seventy times seven, but seventy times seven plus.

Yes, so many times we let our Lord down, and often, wilfully so,
And yet, though we ask for His forgiveness, those same wrongs still from us flow.
Despite our every effort, it isn't long before we fall and sin,
And hence why we need forgiving, and time for real changes to begin.

Therefore, seventy times seven, no, but seventy times seven plus,
Given that though we oft falter, our Lord another chance gives to us.
For He knows that we are wretched sinners in need of love that bears long;
A love that grants forgiveness to the repentant who have acted wrong.

Thus, in like manner, we should forgive any who wrongfully treat us,
Bearing long with them, and forgiving them seventy times seven plus.
Yes, forgiveness that is endless, just like that which our Saviour displays,
Though not if we choose to reject Him, and then remain with our old ways.

Oh, what a shocking price our Saviour paid on that cross at Calvary,
So that repentant sinners could be forgiven, and thereby go free.
And hence why He desires that that same love be manifested in us,
Not simply seventy times seven, but seventy times seven plus.

Yes, I know that it is very hard to forgive what some people do,
But that is what our God requires if His forgiveness we're wanting too.
And how could we act otherwise, when our Saviour has forgiven us,
Not simply seventy times seven, but seventy times seven plus.

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