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Matthew 18v21-35 Forgiveness

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The theme of the whole section is FORGIVENESS


18:10-14          The parable of the “Lost Sheep”

The sheep is lost because of its own foolishness – it wandered off.

The shepherd however does not say “well serve it right, let it perish, I have better things to do”

He goes and at great personal cost finds and rescues it.

18:15-20          Emulate God in this matter.

If you , a disciple have been wronged, just as you wronged God. You must seek out the wrong-doer and forgive them. You must seek and bring about restoration if you can whatever the cost!

Discipline is a last resort, and always with restoration in mind.

Be practical Lord.                  21


I believe that Peter is seeking to curry favour here. He is showing the Lord how well he has understood this teaching, and in doing so showing off the other disciples.

“Look at me Lord, I’ll forgive seven times” pauses for applause.

You’ve missed the point.       22

Not seven Peter but 70x7 which does not = 490 but infinity!

The story.                               23-34

The application.                      35

You jeopardise your own forgiveness if you yourself have an unforgiving heart.

Forgiveness in two realms.


The link is so clear!

Inter-personal between human beings especially Christians.

Matthew 6:12

            12 Forgive us our debts,

                        as we also have forgiven our debtors. (NIV)

Matthew 6:14-15 14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (NIV)

2 Corinthians 2:7 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. (NIV)

Ephesians 4:32 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (NIV)

Colossians 3:13 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (NIV)

From God towards Man

Acts 5:31 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Saviour that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. (NIV)

Acts 8:22 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. (NIV)

Acts 13:38

            38 "Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. (NIV)

Acts 26:17-18 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' (NIV)

Ephesians 1:7 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace (NIV)

Colossians 1:14 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (NIV)

Colossians 2:13-14

            13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. (NIV)

1 John 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (NIV)

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