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Jesus’ Teaching on Forgiveness

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.

So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.” And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when the servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, “Pay what you owe.”

So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you.” He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place.

Then his master summoned him and said to him, “You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?” And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

From the Gospel according to Matthew.

If God has forgiven our sins through the atoning sacrifice of his Son, then this should give us all the impetus we need to forgive those who have done us wrong. Thanks be to God.

4 responses to “Jesus’ Teaching on Forgiveness”

  1. A dear friend recently gave me a book entitled, “Gentle and Lowly – The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers” by Dane Ortlund. I’m just a few chapters in and already it’s one of the best I’ve read in a long time. It’s a beautiful and reassuring read. Check it out when you have time.

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    1. Glad you’ve got a good book to read, there are few greater joys! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

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  2. This is a parable I need to hear time and time again. It’s our nature to want to be forgiven by others we have wronged, but I am slower to forgive those who have wronged me. Great blog post!

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    1. God bless you, Janet! I find it to be a very powerful teaching as well.


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