The Kingdom Upside-down #2 – Matthew 18:21-35
21 Then Peter approached him and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? As many as seven times?” 22 “I tell you, not as many as seven,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven.” 23 “For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle accounts, one who owed ten thousand talents was brought before him. 25 Since he did not have the money to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt. 26 “At this, the servant fell facedown before him and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you everything’ 27 Then the master of that servant had compassion, released him, and forgave him the loan. 28 “That servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him, started choking him, and said, ‘Pay what you owe!’” 29 “At this, his fellow servant fell down and began begging him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ 30 But he wasn’t willing. Instead, he went and threw him into prison until he could pay what was owed.” 31 “When the other servants saw what had taken place, they were deeply distressed and went and reported to their master everything that had happened. 32 Then, after he had summoned him, his master said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’”
> If you have received a great amount of mercy, you should pass on that mercy to others.
34 And because he was angry, his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured until he could pay everything that was owed. 35 “So also my heavenly Father will do to you unless every one of you forgives his brother or sister from your heart.”
> Forgiveness is a big deal in the Kingdom of God.
Your unforgiveness does not keep you from heaven.
Your unforgiveness shows that you have not been forgiven by God.
And that is what keeps you from heaven.
> A truly forgiven person will forgive others as well.
> What forgiveness is NOT:
1) Pretending like it didn’t happen.
2) Not being angry at what happened.
3) Not allowing consequences to take place.
Forgiveness doesn’t necessarily equal reconciliation.
> What forgiveness is:
1) Freedom for you.
“Forgiveness changes your relationship with the past so you can begin to move past it.”
2) Releasing them from what they did to you.
3) Releasing them from all expectations.
4) Wanting the best for them.
5) Setting them free, whether they ask for forgiveness or not.
“I release (person) to walk in the freedom of my forgiveness. I cancel any debts that I have felt they owe me and I ask God to do the same.”
> Why should you forgive?
1) God has forgiven you BIG.
2) Scripture tells you to forgive.
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
3) True forgiveness will set you free.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”
> How do you forgive?
1) Ask God to help you.
2) Decide to forgive.
3) Write it down
4) Pray for them.
5) Walk in freedom!