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The Imperative of Forgiveness – Matthew 18:21-35

Updated: Dec 14, 2019

October 16, 2011 INTRODUCTION –

I. Peter’s Question – vs. 21 A. Context? One of the 12? Mark and Luke – arguing B. Hedging his bets C. Most of us are able and willing to forgive most people, but for some of us – there might be a person or two

II. Jesus’s Answer in principle – vs. 22

III. Jesus’ Answer illustrated – vs. 23-34 Ten thousand talents = two million four hundred thousand pounds 100 denari = less than 5 pounds $1.50 U.S. = 1 lb

In vs. 35 we see two things: IV. Consequences for Unwillingness to Forgive – vs. 35 (cf. Matt. 6:12-15) Matt 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.”

V. Kind of Forgiveness Expected – vs. 35 – “from the heart” COMMUNION – Eph. 1:7

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