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Redeeming the Time - Part 3

FORGIVING SAINTS            Page 6

V.34 ** What is the punishment for not showing mercy?

He is handed over to the torturers (not the executioners) until he should repay all that was owed him.

** This now introduces a new debt! Why can't this be the former debt?

Because our salvation is permanent. "No one is able to snatch" us out of our Father's hand.(John 10:29)

As we saw back in verse 24, the unpayable debt was our sin against a Holy God, paid for by Jesus Himself. But having been forgiven by the king, the debt now becomes a payable one, the debt of showing forgiveness to others, which we owe to our God!

V.35 ** What stern warning does Jesus give to His disciples?

His heavenly Father would do the same to them, if they did not forgive one another.
All see - Hebrews 12:6-11

Our God will use stress, hardship, pressure, health or other difficulties until our sin of unforgiveness is confessed and forgiveness is granted.

** Now, back in Matthew 18:35, how do we know that our forgiveness of others must be genuine and total, not merely a superficial display?

Because it is to be "from your heart" and must match the type of forgiveness the He has given to us in Christ! cf. Ephesians 4:32


** If we truly wish to redeem the time for our Lord's sake, what must we avoid at all costs?

Failing to forgive others, especially in the light of how much we ourselves have been forgiven.


** If we refuse to forgive others, how will that hinder us in our usefulness to the Lord?

We will be under His loving chastening, and as such we will be preoccupied with our self inflicted woes rather than with the call of spreading to good news to the world around us.

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