The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

from Feb 18, 2020 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

Here’s an excerpt from The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, Gerald Bilkes’ contribution to the February issue of Tabletalk:

How many times should we forgive a fellow Christian who sins against us? This question comes to our mind, as it did to Peter’s lips one day while Jesus was talking to His disciples about church life, salvation, discipline, and repentance (Matt. 18:1–35).

Peter’s suggestion of seven times seems quite generous (v. 21). But Jesus responds to him by saying not seven times, but “seventy times seven” (v. 22). Jesus uses this way of speaking to say that our forgiveness of a repenting brother or sister cannot be bounded, much like the forgiveness that God grants to sinners. In other words, we should lose count when forgiving others.

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