Bible: Matthew 18:15-35

Restoring Christian Relationships

18:15If 1  your brother 2  sins, 3  go and show him his fault 4  when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother. 18:16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you, so that at the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. 5  18:17 If 6  he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If 7  he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like 8  a Gentile 9  or a tax collector. 10 

18:18I tell you the truth, 11  whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven. 18:19 Again, I tell you the truth, 12  if two of you on earth agree about whatever you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 13  18:20 For where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them.”

18:21 Then Peter came to him and said, “Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother 14  who sins against me? As many as seven times? 18:22 Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, I tell you, but seventy-seven times! 15 

The Parable of the Unforgiving Slave

18:23For this reason, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 16  18:24 As 17  he began settling his accounts, a man who owed ten thousand talents 18  was brought to him. 18:25 Because 19  he was not able to repay it, 20  the lord ordered him to be sold, along with 21  his wife, children, and whatever he possessed, and repayment to be made. 18:26 Then the slave threw himself to the ground 22  before him, saying, 23 Be patient with me, and I will repay you everything.’ 18:27 The lord had compassion on that slave and released him, and forgave him the debt. 18:28 After 24  he went out, that same slave found one of his fellow slaves who owed him one hundred silver coins. 25  So 26  he grabbed him by the throat and started to choke him, 27  saying, ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ 28  18:29 Then his fellow slave threw himself down and begged him, 29 Be patient with me, and I will repay you.’ 18:30 But he refused. Instead, he went out and threw him in prison until he repaid the debt. 18:31 When 30  his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were very upset and went and told their lord everything that had taken place. 18:32 Then his lord called the first slave 31  and said to him, ‘Evil slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me! 18:33 Should you not have shown mercy to your fellow slave, just as I showed it to you?’ 18:34 And in anger his lord turned him over to the prison guards to torture him 32  until he repaid all he owed. 18:35 So also my heavenly Father will do to you, if each of you does not forgive your 33  brother 34  from your heart.”

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