Matthew 18: 21-35
I grew up
with a lot of brothers and sisters. All
of them were older than me except my best friend, Jimmy. My little brother Jimmy was a little more
than a year younger than me.
together all the time. When we were
little we even slept in the same bed. I
guess you could say we were together all the time. We were family and I loved my little
There was a
problem. It was me! I was bigger than him and I often picked on
him, maybe even bullied him. Most of the
time we played and had a great time, but sometimes I was mean to him.
something that I will never forget.
Because of what he did, we are still great friends. What did he do?
He forgave me.
How many times?
More than I can count.
times can you forgive someone who hurts you or says mean things to you?
What if they
don’t say that they are sorry?
18: 21-35 "The
Parable of the Unmerciful Servant"
Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother
or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle
accounts with his servants.
As he began the settlement, a man who owed him
ten thousand bags of gold
brought to him.
was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his
children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged,
‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled
the debt and let him go.
that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a
hundred silver coins. He
grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I
will pay it back.’
refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could
pay the debt. When the
other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told
their master everything that had happened.
master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all
that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had
mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed
him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is
how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother
or sister from your heart.”
IF WE DON’T FORGIVE OTHERS, CAN WE EXPECT OTHERS
TO FORGIVE US?
Will God forgive us if we have hatred in our
hearts for others?
***MOVE YOUR FOOT PRINCIPLE
If some one is hurting you and saying and doing hurtful things, do
you forgive them?
What if they keep doing it?
When someone hurts you and says they are sorry, you forgive
them. If they do the same thing and say
they’re sorry, you still should forgive them.
The third time, I forgive them, but I may avoid being around them
because their behavior hasn’t changed.
This is called, “Move your foot.” Don’t hate them, still forgive
them, but don’t spend time with them, unless their behavior changes.