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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 224/260: Peter

Read Matthew 18:21-35

The Faithful Forgive

How easy is it to forgive someone who has sinned against you? Maybe they stole from you, or perhaps they spoke lies against you behind your back and damaged your reputation. How easy is it to forgive that person?

Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” (Matthew 18:21). The apostle likely thought he was being quite generous, giving his fellow man seven opportunities to do wrong without consequence. The rabbis taught that three times was sufficient to forgive, but based on the prophecy of Amos (1:3, 6, 9, 11, 13; 2:1, 4, 6), for a fourth transgression forgiveness was not to be granted. Peter suggested twice as many times plus one! Surely, that is enough, isn’t it?

Jesus answered, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22). This is not to say that a person may sin 490 times against you, but that 491st time you do not need to forgive. How many of us would be in dire trouble if such was the case before God? Rather, Jesus is teaching complete and total forgiveness; it is an attitude of forgiveness that is always present in the Christian.

Is that easy? Sometimes, no! When we are personally attacked, harmed, or a loved one is hurt, it is not at all easy to forgive! Yet, we must, if we desire forgiveness for ourselves from the Father. What happened to the man in the parable who refused to forgive his fellow servant? “And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him” (Matthew 19:34). Jesus then drives the point home: “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses” (Matthew 19:35).

Can we ever repay God for what He has done for us? The answer, in case you didn’t know, is no. There is no amount of good works that can make up for our sin. But God is willing to forgive us. Yet, His willingness is contingent on our forgiveness of others. Is there anyone that you need to forgive today?

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Day 143/260: Read Matthew 18

In His parable of the king settling accounts with his servants, Jesus teaches about forgiveness. One servant who owed a great sum was brought before him, and the king forgave him the debt the servant was unable to pay. The servant then went out and found a man who owed him a much smaller amount, but refused to grant him the same forgiveness. Of course, the king recanted his earlier forgiveness and required the repayment of the large sum.

We owe more than we could possibly pay the Father. However, if we are faithful to Him and treat our fellow man in the same way that we want to be treated, forgiving one another, He will forgive us that debt. We will not have to pay.

Notice the motivation behind the king’s forgiveness of the servant. “Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.” God has compassion upon mankind—you and me. He does not desire punishment; He wants to have fellowship with us and reward us for faithfulness.

When you have dealings with your fellow man, show compassion on him. Forgive him. Treat him the same way you want God to treat you.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Matthew 16:26. “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole _____________, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his _____________?”


Pray for greater compassion toward your friends and toward your enemies.

“Up To Seven Times?”

Matthew 18:21-35


    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)


    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)


    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)

“Who Then is the Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”

Matthew 18:1-4; Mark 9:30-37


    A. What Jesus taught (Matthew 16:16-19)
    B. The disciples’ misunderstanding (Matthew 20:20-23)
    C. The church is the kingdom (Mark 9:1; Acts 2; Colossians 1:13)


    A. “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35; Matthew 20:25-28; 1 Peter 5:1-3)
    B. Warnings against a power-hungry attitude (Romans 12:16 vs. Colossians 3:1-2; 3 John 9-11)
    C. Positive example of service (Philippians 2:5-8; John1 3:4-5,12-16)


    A. Innocence (Matthew 5:8; 1 Timothy 4:12; 5:22)
    B. Trustfulness (2 Corinthians 1:9-10; Colossians 1:11-14)
    C. Lack of prejudice (Acts 10:34-35)
    D. Teachableness (2 Peter 3:18)

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