The Duty of Forgiveness Or
Interwoven Gospels

"But if thy brother sin against thee, go, show him his fault between thee and him alone. If he hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he hear thee not, take with thee one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Then if he refuse to listen to them, tell it to the church. But if he refuse to listen to the church also, let him be to thee as the heathen and the taxgatherer.

"Verily I say to you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.

"Again I say to you, that if two of you shall agree on earth about any matter whatever they shall ask, it shall be done for them by My Father Who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in their midst."

Then came Peter and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Until seven times?" Jesus saith to him, "I say not to thee 'until seven times;' but 'until seventy times seven."

"Therefore the kingdom of heaven is likened unto a king, who would have a reckoning with his servants. Now when he began to reckon, there was brought to him one who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he had nothing to pay with, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and the children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant, therefore, falling down, prostrated himself before him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will pay thee all ."

"Then the lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him and forgave him the debt. But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred shillings. And he laid hold of him and seized him by the throat, saying, 'Pay whatever thou owest!' His fellow servant, therefore, falling down, besought him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will pay thee." And he would not; but went and cast him into prison until he should pay what was due. Now his fellow-servants, seeing what took place, were greatly grieved, and they came and told their lord all that was done.

"Then his lord, having called him to him, saith to him, 'Thou wicked servant! I forgave thee all that debt, because thou besoughtest me. Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had compassion on thee?' And his lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors until he should pay all that was due to him. Thus also shall My heavenly Father do to you, unless ye, from your hearts, forgive each one his brother."

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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