Seventy times seven. 70 x 7. 490.

Forever and for everything and for every time we need to forgive other people for how they have wronged us and others. During training sessions for healing prayer ministry, I learned from Francis and Judith MacNutt’s Christian Healing Ministries that for successful healing while being prayed over, one has to first forgive everyone of everything.  It is something that they have witnessed over the years.  If the person seeking healing is holding a grudge, they will receive no healing.  Other healing prayer ministries like Unbound have found the same.

Luke 6:27-35 ‘But I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To the man who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too; to the man who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from the man who robs you. Treat others as you would like them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks can you expect? For even sinners do that much. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount. Instead, love your enemies and do good, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

Romans 12:14-21 Bless those who persecute you: never curse them, bless them. Rejoice with those who rejoice and be sad with those in sorrow. Treat everyone with equal kindness; never be condescending but make real friends with the poor. Do not allow yourself to become self-satisfied. Never repay evil with evil but let everyone see that you are interested only in the highest ideals. Do all you can to live at peace with everyone. Never try to get revenge; leave that, my friends, to God’s anger. As scripture says: vengeance is mine – I will pay them back, the Lord promises. But there is more: If your enemy is hungry, you should give him food, and if he is thirsty, let him drink. Thus you heap red-hot coals on his head. Resist evil and conquer it with good.

Luke 23:34   Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.”

Acts 7:59-60   As they were stoning him, Stephen said in invocation, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”  Then he knelt down and said aloud, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”;  and with these words he fell asleep.