Avoiding the Tormentors

Scripture Verses

Matthew 18:23-35

Outline

Forgiveness is unfathomable because it is not normal or natural or easy. Forgiveness is divine. 

The King’s Willingness to Forgive

  • God
    • Holy and Righteous
    • Willing to forgive
    • Makes forgiveness possible
    • Pays the price of forgiveness
    • Forgives those who accept the payment
  • Us
    • We fall short
    • We are sinners
    • We are indebted
    • Penalty is death
  • How big is this debt?
    • Annual taxed revenue by the Roman government of Idumea, Judea, Samaria, and Galilee – 900 talents
    • Talent – the largest unit of weight measurement used by the Hebrews
    • Ten thousand – the highest rounded number
  • But…
    • Romans 6:23
    • 1 Timothy 1:15-16
  • Two Kinds of Forgiveness
    • Eternal forgiveness
    • Daily cleansing
  • Principle
    • Ephesians 4:32
    • Colossians 3:13

The Servant’s Unwillingness to Forgive

  • “Forgiveness reflects the highest human virtue, because it so clearly reflects the character of God.” – John MacArthur
  • God
    • Forgiving
    • Willing
    • Available
  • Us
    • Huge debt
    • Jesus paid our debt
    • Must accept payment
    • Once forgiven – be willing to forgive
  • Goal of Christlikeness
    • Forgiveness emulates the Father
    • Forgiving exercises God’s love and forgiveness
    • Forgiveness is God-like

Forgiveness

  • Breaks down barriers
  • Promotes unity
  • Restores relationships
  • Provides peace
  • Releases hurt, anxiety, and bitterness

The Tormentors

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