The unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:21-35) | back

 21Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? In the old law you were to forgive someone three times. Peter even added a little extra with his question.

 22Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. In other words, always forgive them if they repent. If someone wrongs you and they repent, forgive them. It may take some time to build trust with that person again, but if they repent, forgive them.

 23Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. The king wanted to bring his accounts up to date.

 24And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. A talent is around 750 ounces of silver. (Approximately $10,000,000)

 25But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. Cleaned him out!

 26The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. He was willing to pay the debt.

 27Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. The king was filled with compassion and forgave his debt. Our Heavenly Father has a lot compassion for us all.

 28But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. After this guys huge debt was forgiven by the king, he went out and tried to collect about 2,000 that was owed to him. He went as far as to grab the guy by the neck and demanded payment.

 29And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. This fellow servant was also willing to pay the debt if he could have a little time.

 30And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. The greedy man would not wait and cast him into prison till the debt was paid.

 31So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. The mans friends went and told the king what had happened.

 32Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: The king called the man before him and told hid; You evil hearted wrench! I forgave you all that tremendous debt, just because you asked me to.

 33Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? Shouldn't you have mercy on others as I had on you.

 34And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. The angry king sent the man to the torture chamber until he had paid every last penny due.

 35So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. The Heavenly Father shall do the same to those who do not forgive their brothers and sisters in Christ. Christ gave us this example to show us how important it is to forgive others just as we are forgiven by our Heavenly Father for our sins. If we repent, we are forgiven. If someone repents for a wrong they have committed against us, we should forgive them.

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