March is the month for college basketball. Sixty-eight teams compete for top honors over three wild weekends of energy and excitement.
Watching a game on TV, I was frustrated to see one of the star players foul out of the game. After being forgiven for the first four fouls, players have the opportunity to watch the rest of the game from a front row seat – but they can no longer play.
Fortunately, there are no limits to the love and forgiveness that we all need and that God provides.
Peter felt pretty good about himself when he offered seven fouls to his friends before fouling them out of a relationship. Matthew records the story, Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. (Matthew 18:21-22)
We can never commit so many fouls in the game of life that we lose God’s forgiveness. He wants us to be better, more effective players, but we can never foul ourselves out of his love.