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The law of forgiveness. Matthew 18:21-35 Luke 17:3,4. Mat 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Mat 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

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The law of forgiveness

The law of forgiveness

Matthew 18:21-35

Luke 17:3,4


  • Mat 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

  • Mat 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

  • Mat 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

  • Mat 18:24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.


  • Mat 18:25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

  • Mat 18:26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

  • Mat 18:27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.


Matthew 18 25 34
Matthew 18-25-34 commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

  • Mat 18:28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

  • Mat 18:29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

  • Mat 18:30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.


  • Mat commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 18:31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

  • Mat 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

  • Mat 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?


  • Mat commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

  • Mat 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.



II. How often should we forgive and be forgiven? vs 18 (see also Luke 17:3,4)

  • Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

  • Mat 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


Luke 17 3 4
Luke 17:3,4 also Luke 17:3,4)

  • Luk 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

  • Luk 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.


III. Why is it so important and where would be without it? vs 23-35

See also: Psalms 78:34-40, Ezekial 18:20-23

Romans 3:19,20,23


Psalm 78 34 40
Psalm 78:34-40 vs 23-35

  • Psa 78:34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.

  • Psa 78:35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.

  • Psa 78:36 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.


  • Psa vs 23-35 78:37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.

  • Psa 78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.

  • Psa 78:39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

  • Psa 78:40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!


Ezekiel 18 20 23
Ezekiel 18:20-23 vs 23-35

  • Eze 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

  • Eze 18:21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.


  • Eze vs 23-3518:22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

  • Eze 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?


Romans 3 19 20 23
Romans 3:19,20,23 vs 23-35

  • Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

  • Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.


  • Rom 3:23 vs 23-35 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

  • Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:


IV. Which way does God see forgiveness occurring in our daily lives?

Eph4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.


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