The Matthew 18 Principle part 2
Matthew 18: 21-35
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
21Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26So the servantfell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii,and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers,until he should pay all his debt. 35So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
1. Receive Forgiveness
a. Don’t miss the JOY of forgiveness!
b. Trust Christ as savior, not just KNOWLEDGE of him, but be transformed
c. Be set free from your past, your sin, your failures, your shortcomings, your pride
d. To receive forgiveness is to be changed from the inside out.
2. Practice Forgiveness
a. After receiving forgiveness, we will desire to PRACTICE forgiveness
b. To forgive someone is just as much a blessing as receiving forgiveness
Doctors practice ministry, Attorneys practice law, Christians practice forgiveness
Do you want a doctor practicing of you? And attorney practicing on your behalf…
Practice simply implies that every action produces continued learning
Doctors are ALWAYS learning and perfecting their craft
Lawyers…should be…learning and perfecting their craft
CHRISTIANS should as well!
d. The practice of Forgiveness is a privilege
e. Where is the limit to your practice of forgiveness?
Family member…stranger…war…bad choices…
Learn to practice forgiveness and be set free
f. Breathe in REALITY…Breathe out FORGIVENESS
3. Natural Forgiveness
a. If you have been forgiven, you will look for opportunities to forgive
b. The responsibility of a Christ follower is to be ministers of the same grace we have received.
c. It should become natural for the believer to forgive offenders, especially when we remember what we have been forgiven from.
d. IT IS UNNATURAL
TO BE FORGIVEN OF YOUR SINS,
SAVED BY GOD,
AND TO CONTINUE TO HOLD ON TO UNFORGIVENESS