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Must I Forgive?
one of the great principles of our Christian life. Jesus modeled
this standard for us when He hung on the cross and prayed
for the very people who had put Him there (Luke 23:34). His
words, being extremely powerful and unexpected, brought about
the transformation of one of the thieves hanging on a cross
next to Him. Because Jesus COMPLETELY forgave us, He wants
us to follow His example by our forgiving others.
4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath
forgiven you. [5:1] Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear
the Bible tells us about forgiveness.
Times Seven!!! . . . 70 X 7???
Matthew 18:21-22 Then
came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother
sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto
thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
(KJV) The rabbis taught that people should forgive those who
offend themóbut only three times. Peter, trying to be especially
generous, asked Jesus if seven (the "perfect" number)
was enough times to forgive someone. But Jesus answered, "Seventy
times seven," meaning that we shouldnít keep
track of how many times we forgive someone. We should always
forgive those who are truly sorry for what they have done,
no matter how many times they ask us, because the Father forgives
us when we truly repent (1 John 1:8-9). How
many times has God forgiven you??
Matthew 18:23-35 Therefore
is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which
would take account of his servants.  And when he had begun
to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand
talents.  But 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.  The servant
therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have
patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  Then the lord
of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him,
and forgave him the debt.  But 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.  And his fellowservant
fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience
with me, and I will pay thee all.  And he would not: but
went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were
very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was
done.  Then 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:  Shouldest not thou also have
had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on
thee?  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the
tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you,
if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their
trespasses. (KJV) Though we live completely on
Godís mercy and forgiveness, we are so slow to forgive our
brethren. This parable shows how much aggravation God has
from His family on Earth, and how irritating His servants
Three things are clear in this parable:
#1. The master’s wonderful compassion. The debt ofour sin is so great, that we are not able to pay it.
#2. The servant’s unreasonable severity toward his fellow-servant, but his Lord’s clemency toward him.
#3. The master reproved his servant’s cruelty.
The greatness of sin magnifies the riches
of Godís pardoning mercy. His pardoning mercy should do much
to adjust our hearts to forgive our brethren. We must forgive
our offending brother if we want God to forgive us. IF we
do not forgive from the heart, completely, as God forgives
us, God will refuse to forgive us. Many shall be condemned,
who, though they bear the Christian name (say they are Christians),
persist in unmerciful treatment of their brethren! We must
humble ourselves and rely on the free, abounding mercy of
God, made available to us through the death of Christ. Let
us forgive others as we hope for forgiveness from Him.
Luke 23:34 Then said
Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they
know not what they do. And they parted his raiment,
and cast lots. (KJV) We must imitate
Mark 11:25 And
when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any:
that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your
Luke 17:4 And
if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven
times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou
shalt forgive him. (KJV)
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved,
avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for
it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the
Ephes. 4:32 And be ye
kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (KJV)
Col. 3:13 Forbearing
one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a
quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do
Romans 12:20 Therefore
if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink:
for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Matthew 5:44 But
I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully
use you, and persecute you; (KJV)
Luke 6:37 Judge
not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall
not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: (KJV)
Do not look on another, check out yourself. What you are doing
may be worse than what you are condemning in that person.
Matthew 6:15 But
if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your
Father forgive your trespasses. (KJV) If you refuse
to forgive someone, don't expect God to forgive you.
Matthew 6:14 For
if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will
also forgive you: (KJV) Only God in His mercy can
forgive our sins. We CANNOT earn forgiveness by forgiving
others. But IF we do not forgive others after receiving it
ourselves (and expect it again), we simply do not understand
or appreciate Godís gracious mercy toward us, and we are not
showing mercy, compassion and love to others. We are disobeying
Moral Decay Rampant!