The Gospel of Matthew #13

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This entry is part 13 of 40 in the series The Gospel of Matthew

One day when I was praying forgive us of our debts as we forgive our debtors it dawned on me that I was praying in the first-person plural. I was not merely asking God to forgive me, but you as well—us. I think there must be a kind of communion among all of us who know God, and when I ask him to forgive us then it would be very foolish of me not to forgive at the same time. How can I pray to God and say, Lord, forgive Bob and I of our sins, but I want you to understand that I’m not going to forgive Bob. I’m going to hold a grudge against Bob, but I expect you to forgive him. It doesn’t really work that way.

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus said unto him, I say not unto you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would take account of his servants.

Matthew 18:21–23 KJ2000

Then follows a short parable of Jesus’ that, I think, is very revealing along this line. Let’s continue in Matthew, chapter 18.

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Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart (1934–2016) — People around the world have come to appreciate his easy style, non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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