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ASV | Matthew 18:21 - 18:35

21Then came Peter and said to him, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? until seven times?

22Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven.

23Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would make a reckoning with his servants.

24And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, that owed him ten thousand talents.

25But forasmuch as he had not `wherewith' to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

26The servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

27And the lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

28But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, who owed him a hundred shillings: and he laid hold on him, and took `him' by the throat, saying, Pay what thou owest.

29So his fellow-servant fell down and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee.

30And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay that which was due.

31So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were exceeding sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

32Then his lord called him unto him, and saith to him, Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou besoughtest me:

33shouldest not thou also have had mercy on thy fellow-servant, even as I had mercy on thee?

34And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due.

35So shall also my heavenly Father do unto you, if ye forgive not every one his brother from your hearts. full context

ASV | Matthew 6:14 - 6:15

14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. full context

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All sin is the byproduct of a person's love for the world more than love for God. Therefore, anyone who sins against you does so because of their love for the world, more than they love you.  Although this may sound really bad, the harsh truth is that we're all in the same boat!  We all trend to love the world more than we love God, we are all sinful, we all say and do things that we shouldn't.

God forgives us every day for all the sins we commit.  Some things we know about, and some we don't... So since God forgives us for all our wrong doings, why wouldn't we forgive other people for their wrongs?

The reason we don't forgive is because love for the world (sin), twists and gnarls our soul so that we become temperamental and impatient.  The more we look at Christ, the more our love for God grows, and the more forgiving we become.

The bottom-line is that we all have the same sinful tendencies.  And the same mercy we want for ourselves is the same mercy we should extend to others.




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