Part 3 of Kings & Kingdoms, Continued.
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another,
even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Today’s scripture post is taken from Matthew 18:21-35 showing the heart of the Lord’s kingdom and the heart of the world’s kingdom.
The Lord’s kingdom:
“The came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?
Jesus saith…not unto …seven times but until seventy times seven.
Therefore the kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon,
- one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
- 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.
The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying,
Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Then the lord of that servant
- was moved with compassion,
- and loosed him, and
- forgave him the debt.
The word on the world’s kingdom:
But the same servant went out, and found one of the fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence:
- and he laid hands on him,
- and took him by the throat, saying,
- Pay that thou owest.
And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying,
Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
- And he would not:
- but went and cast him into prison,
- till he should pay the debt….
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:
Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant,
even as I had pity on thee?
And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you,
if ye from your hearts
forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”
How do you define forgiveness?