Does God Ever Stop Forgiving? by Dr. Ed Young

#953 February 14, 1993 a.m.
(transcribed from tape)
Matthew 18:21-35
You need your Bibles. I hope you brought one with you. If not, there's one in the
pew. And I hope you'll get it out and turn to Matthew. Matthew, chapter number 18,
as we're looking at the parables of our Lord. Matthew 18, verse 21 following. You
may look on with someone seated by you. I'm sure they'll be happy to share God's
Word with you today.
"Then Peter came and said to Jesus, 'Lord how often shall my brother sin
against me and I forgive him. Up to seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'I do not
say to you up to seven time, but up to seventy times seven. For this reason
the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a certain king who wished to settle
accounts with his slaves. And when he had begun to settle them, there was
brought to him one who owed him 10 thousand talents. And since he did not
have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold along with his
wife and children and all that he had in repayment to be made. The slave,
therefore, falling down prostrated himself before him saying, 'Have patience
with me and I will repay you everything.' And the lord of that slave felt
compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. But that slave went
out and found one of his fellow slaves who seized him a hundred denari and he
seized him and began to choke him saying, 'Pay back what you owe.' So his
fellow slave fell down and began to entreat him saying, 'Have patience with me
and I will repay you.' He was unwilling, however, and went and threw him in
prison until he should pay back that which was owed. So when his fellow
slaves saw what had happened they were deeply grieved and came and
reported to their lord all that had happened. Then summoning him, his lord said
to him, 'You wicked slave. I forgave you all that debt because you entreated
me. Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave even as I had
mercy on you?' ...

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