[jesus, the middle eastern storyteller] chapter 5: stories about forgiveness

Written by Nadine Schleicher

I am a Christian; I love God with all my heart and can't do anything without His help and strength!! God has given me a Heart and passion for Medical Missions, at this point I am not exactly sure where this will take me but I am very excited to see where God leads me!! I am a Licensed Practical Nurse and currently I am looking into going for Surgical Tech training.

September 29, 2009

by Nadine Schleicher
Matthew 18:21-35

I have to admit I was a little nervous but very excited when I agreed to do this blog, I have never done something like this before and I can’t wait to see what God is going to do through everyone working together on the blog!

Chapter 5 is based off of Matthew 18:21-35.

forgivenessHere is a little overview about what God teaches us about forgiveness. Everyone has a choice whether they are going to take revenge or give forgiveness in any given situation. Yes, revenge can be satisfying to the human nature and is usually our first instinct when someone offends us, but it’s never the right answer. “In Jesus’ society revenge was not only common but viewed as legitimate, it was an appropriate and necessary exercise to protect their honor.” “This was the essence of revenge.”

The Bible instructs us to refrain from revenge in several verses, Leviticus 19:18 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbors as yourself. I am the Lord.” Matthew 5:38-39, 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” People today tend to use this verse to justify revenge, but actually what this verse is saying is when someone does something to you don’t take revenge out on them instead we need to show them mercy and forgive them.

We all mess up and God graciously forgives us each and every time. “The greatest dishonoring violence in the New Testament is the cross of Christ.” Yet Jesus did not take revenge on those crucifying Him; He did the complete opposite. His words to those crucifying Him were not “Father punish them” instead they were “Father forgive them.” This is the perfect example of forgiveness. Jesus teaches us in Matthew 18:21-22 that forgiveness is to be given 7 times 70 or 490 times, which represents Myriad which is Greek for beyond number.

We as humans tend to want forgiveness from people but don’t want to give forgiveness when someone does wrong to us. The parable in Matthew 18:23-35 talks about a king who wants to settle accounts with his servants, he came to one who was unable to pay so he ordered that the servants wife and children be sold to pay for the debt, the servant fell on his knees and begged the king to be patient with him, the king had compassion and cancelled the debt completely. When the servant left he came across one of his fellow servants who owed him money and demanded to be paid back, but was unable to pay, so he had his fellow servant thrown into prison. The kings heard about what had happened and called the servant in, and asked the servant shouldn’t you have shown mercy on your fellow servant just as I showed you mercy? The king was furious and had the servant tortured till he repaid his debt. The seriousness of this parable can be found in Matthew 6:15 “But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins”.

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3 Comments

  1. Bryant Neal

    I really had an appreciation for this post because of many of the circumstances and life situations that I have been trying to counsel people through in my pastoral ministry. Many of the marriages, relationships and friendships that I have been dealing with have been devastated and hurt because of unforgiveness. Another factor has been revenge seeking. While the revenge seeking hasn't been overt and openly violent, it has been manifested through verbal jabs, cold shoulders and other actions, and inactions, that people have taken toward each other.

    If we are to survive and enjoy life as God has designed it, we must allow Him to plant the seeds of forgiveness in our hearts and then turn to it when we are faced with these types of situations. Just because we forgive, it doesn't necessarily mean that we forget or put ourselves in a position where we know we will be hurt again…it merely means that we release the extraction of justice and revenge to the Lord and trust Him to deal with it in His time…that frees ours to do more productive things than stew in our own juices.

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  2. Bryant Neal

    I really had an appreciation for this post because of many of the circumstances and life situations that I have been trying to counsel people through in my pastoral ministry. Many of the marriages, relationships and friendships that I have been dealing with have been devastated and hurt because of unforgiveness. Another factor has been revenge seeking. While the revenge seeking hasn't been overt and openly violent, it has been manifested through verbal jabs, cold shoulders and other actions, and inactions, that people have taken toward each other.

    If we are to survive and enjoy life as God has designed it, we must allow Him to plant the seeds of forgiveness in our hearts and then turn to it when we are faced with these types of situations. Just because we forgive, it doesn't necessarily mean that we forget or put ourselves in a position where we know we will be hurt again…it merely means that we release the extraction of justice and revenge to the Lord and trust Him to deal with it in His time…that frees ours to do more productive things than stew in our own juices.

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  3. Christine Peloquin

    Dear Bibledude and Nadine Schleicher,

    It has come to my attention that you have made an unauthorized use of my copyrighted work entitled Forgiveness on your web site/blog at http://bibledude.net/index.php?s=forgiveness

    I have reserved all rights for the painting Forgiveness, which was first published in 2001 on http://www.christinepeloquin.com, http://www.christinepeloquin.com/Pages/Artwork/Figures/Figures%20enlarged%20pages/forgiveness.htm and I have registered the copyright.

    You neither asked for nor received permission to use Forgiveness. My fee for permission of use of my images on an internet site is $100 US per image.

    Please contact me within 15 days of this entry to create a contract and payment for use of my images or I demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of all my images, and that you desist from this or any other infringement of my rights in the future. If I have not received an affirmative response from you within 15 days of this email indicating that you have fully complied with these requirements, I shall consider taking the full legal remedies available to rectify this situation.

    Sincerely,
    Christine Peloquin
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[jesus, the middle eastern storyteller] chapter 5: stories about forgiveness

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