“Up To Seven Times?”

Matthew 18:21-35

I. PETER’S PERCEIVED GENEROSITY

    A. “Up to seven times?” (Matthew 18:21; Amos 1:3,6,9,11,13; Job 33:29-30)
    B. Context (Matthew 18:15-17)
    C. The spirit of forgiveness is rooted in love (1 Corinthians 13:5)

      1. Love “thinks no evil” (NKJV)
      2. Love “does not take into account a wrong suffered” (NASB)
      3. Love “keeps no records of wrongs” (NIV)

II. GOD’S ENORMOUS GRACE

    A. The first part of the parable (Matthew 18:23-27)
    B. The compassion and grace that God offers (Psalm 103:8-13; Exodus 34:6-7; Ephesians 1:7-8; Colossians 1:13-14)

III. OUR RESPONSIBILITY TOWARD EACH OTHER

    A. Keep forgiving as long as you have something to forgive (Matthew 18:22)
    B. God’s forgiveness is conditional (Matthew 18:28-35; Matthew 6:14-15)
    C. Imitate the Lord (Colossians 3:12-13)

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