How Many Times?

I have this personal version of the bible. It’s called RUV—Rich’s Unstandard Version.

Occasionally I encounter a conversation with Jesus in RUV when I’m trying to make sense of words from the real bible.

Jesus and His friends are hanging out around a fire. Peter leans over and says, “Don’t you ever get tired of encouraging these guys? I mean, they’re always messing up and asking dumb questions like ‘How many times shall I forgive someone who sins against me?’”

Instead of reminding Peter that was his question (Matthew 18:21-22) Jesus says, “Do you remember my answer?”

“Yeah. You said ‘not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’

“I thought that was a strange answer,” Peter continues, “because it’s impossible to keep track of that much forgiveness. It’s like you were telling us not to count.”

Jesus just smiles.

“But anyway,” Peter says, “back to my question. How do you stay so patient with these people and their dumb questions and stupid mistakes? How long am I supposed to keep encouraging them?”

“You should encourage them daily. As long as it is called ‘Today’ you should encourage each other.”

“But it’s always ’Today.’ That sounds like we’re always supposed to encourage each other.”

Jesus just smiles.

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13

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