Matthew 18:21-25

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[g]

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[h] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

One response to “Matthew 18:21-25

  1. Peter thought he was being generous by offering to forgive seven times, and/or he was drawing on his knowledge of the law. Jesus uses the question to emphasize the difference between grace and the law and also the forgiveness that we can expect from Him.

    He also begins to teach with a parable. He doesn’t just lay down rules and put out restrictions, He teaches Kingdom principles to reveal more about God and His ways and to allow us to change our behavior and not just conform to a rule.

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