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Redeeming the Time - Part 3

FORGIVING SAINTS            Page 4

V.27 ** Even though the slave was very insincere, how did the king respond?

He felt compassion! [splagchnizomai] lit. "to be moved in the inward parts"

** For compassion to be genuine, what must follow?

Action in accordance with compassion!

** What two steps does the king now take?

1) He releases the slave!
2) He forgives the entire debt!

** When we say that we have forgiven someone for something they have done against us, are we willing to do those same two things?

If we are going to be like our Father who is in heaven, we must release our brothers and sisters from the bondage of their sin against us and completely forgive them for the offense. Rightly has it been said that we should forgive and forget! cf. Isaiah 43:25, Jeremiah 31:34, Hebrews 10:16-17

V.28 ** Having just been forgiven for such a huge debt, what attitude would you expect this slave to develop?

One of thankfulness toward the king and compassion toward others.

** What did this guy do?

He "went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, 'Pay back what you owe.'"

** How do you feel about this slave who was forgiven so much and yet cannot find it in his heart to forgive even a little?

It is a disgusting display of hypocrisy! To be willing to ask for and receive forgiveness, but then after receiving it, to refuse to give it in the same measure is a deplorable act!

** As you search your own heart, is there anything that you are refusing to forgive of another, after Jesus Christ has forgiven you of so much?

Hopefully no, but if there is, you can resolve that with the Lord today. Let's continue now and learn how important that is to the Lord.

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