70 Times 7

Episode Theme

Community Building: Forgiveness

Memory Verse

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive each other, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done.

Matthew 18:21-35

Forgiving other people is really hard to do. Have you ever wondered just how often we need to forgive? Once Peter asked Jesus, "How many times should I forgive someone who sins against me? Is seven times enough?" Jesus answered Peter's question with this story:

The kingdom of heaven is like a king who decided to collect all the money that his servants owed to him. One servant owed this king millions of dollars, but he couldn't repay the debt. The king said, "If you cannot pay the money you owe to me, then your whole family will be sold as slaves."

The man begged the king for more time. The king felt sorry for the man, so he said, "All right. You don't have to pay me back any thing. I will forgive the millions of dollars that you owe to me. Go take care of your family."

Rejoicing, the man left the king's palace to tell his family the wonderful news. On the way home, the man saw another servant who owed him a few dollars. What did the man do? He grabbed this other servant and demanded the few dollars. When the servant asked for more time, he refused. What a lousy thing to do when his million-dollar debt had just been forgiven! Several other servants saw what happened, and they told the king. The king was very angry and threw the ungrateful servant into jail.

Jesus wanted Peter (and us) to know that God is our king who is willing to forgive all of our sins-every single one. But, if we are not willing to forgive others, we are like the ungrateful servant going after a few dollars. As thanks for our forgiveness, we need to pass on the gift of forgiveness to others. Forgiving others is Jesus' way. It's the only way.

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