In ancient Jewish times, the number seven symbolized perfection, completion, or fullness. The number seventy combines the perfection of seven with the symbolic completion of ten. Therefore, Jesus is using a form of hyperbole to make a point that our forgiveness needs to be perfect; it needs to be full, complete and ongoing, not half-hearted, measured, calculating, or backtracking.
As you participate in this holiday season of Thanksgiving, and especially when you celebrate God’s saving acts when you partake of the Eucharist (sacrament), remember that these are acts of covenantal renewal. God wants to be our God and He wants us to be His people. God’s Old Covenant has been refreshed in the New Covenant through Jesus Christ and the Eucharist (or thanksgiving) is the embodiment and the enlivening of that New Covenant. http://www.ldsliving.com/How-the-Sacrament-Ties-Into-Thanksgiving-and-Why-This-Holiday-Should-Remind-Us-of-Our-Covenants/s/87053
Three reasons why the phrase in the Book of Mormon “And it came to pass” is significant and meaningful. You’ll never read this phrase the same way again.
Zacchaeus in name and in reality was “the pure in heart,” and he was accordingly blessed to “see God.” Learn more at http://www.ldsliving.com/What-We-May-Have-Missed-in-Jesus-s-Loving-Response-to-a-Despised-Man-in-the-Bible/s/86841.