When I say forgiveness is earned, I am saying it is offered in exchange for something on the other side.
Asking for patience. Asking for understanding. Asking for something.
But to just say Christians are obligated to forgive 70 times 7 is the result of taking Bible verses out of context.
It is a horrible corruption of Biblical concepts about repentance and personal acknowledgment of wrong doing.
You have to step back and evaluate the whole picture and not build a case out of one verse.
What you are suggesting is the most awful kind of manipulation people do to each other. "You MUST forgive me"
No...as many times as you will admit wrong doing I should be willing to forgive you if it is sincere.
Not trust...btw. Just forgive.