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Forgiving Others

Forgiving Others By Don Krow

“Then came Peter to him [Jesus], and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (brackets mine). I think Peter thought he was being very generous to ask how many times he should forgive someone who sinned against him, “seven times in a day, do you think?” Jesus said, “Peter, not seven but seventy times seven.” That’s 490 times, but it doesn’t mean that after 490 times you don’t have to forgive. What Jesus said was an impossible number of offenses that would happen to an individual in a day. He was saying forgiveness should be continual, that it should go on and on. Forgiveness should be the real attitude of a Christian. Jesus said in Luke 23:34, “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.” And also Stephen the martyr, in Acts 7:60 said, “Lay not this sin to their charge.” Not all people will receive forgiveness, but the attitude in the heart of a Christian should be always to offer it. To read the full lesson text click here.

To complete this course, watch the video below and then work through the question and answer section. 


​1.  Read Matthew 18:21. How many times did Peter offer to forgive?

2.  Read Matthew 18:22. How many times did Jesus say we were to forgive?

3.  Read Matthew 18:23-24. How much money did this servant owe his master?

4.  Read Matthew 18:25. Since this servant could not file for bankruptcy, what was going to happen?

5.  Read Matthew 18:26. What was the servant’s request?  Could he have repaid his debt? 

6.  Read Matthew 18:27. What attitude did the master show toward his servant?  What attitude did God show toward us and our debt (sin)?

7.  Read Matthew 18:28. The servant that had been forgiven had a fellow servant who owed him how much?

8.  Read Matthew 18:28. What was this servant’s attitude toward his fellow servant?

9.  Read Matthew 18:29-30. What did this servant do to his fellow servant? 

10.  Read Matthew 18:31-33. What did the master call the unforgiving servant?

11.  Read Matthew 18:33. What did the master tell his servant he should have done?

12.  Read Matthew 18:34. When the master found out what had happened, how did it affect his emotions?

13.  Read Matthew 18:34. Did this unforgiving servant by his actions (or decision) forfeit the forgiveness that had been offered to him originally?

14.  Read Matthew 18:35. What is the point of this parable?


​1.  Seven times. 

2.  Four hundred and ninety (or endlessly, continually). 

3.  Ten thousand talents, or ten million dollars (an amount that probably never could be repaid).  

4.  He, his wife, his children, and all he owned was to be auctioned off at a slave market to pay his debt. 

5.  For the master to have patience with him and he would repay him everything.  Probably not. 

6.  One of compassion and forgiveness.  One of compassion and forgiveness. 

7.  A hundred pence (a day’s wage). 

8.  One of impatience, violence, and unforgiveness. 

9.  Cast him into prison till he could pay his small debt. 

10.  “O thou wicked servant.” 

11.  He should have had compassion on his fellow servant as the master had pity on him. He should have released him and forgiven him. 

12.  He became angry. 

13.  Yes. 

14.  “And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy” (Matt. 18:35, The Message).

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