The Process

PART 5 - Forgive

Written on 08/08/2014
David Anderson


The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant...
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, CANCELED THE DEBT* and let him go. But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’* he demanded. His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” (*emphasis mine) Matthew 18:21-35 (NIV)

(A) Use your note-taking app or notebook to write out your confession of unforgiveness - “Pay back what you owe me!” - to the Lord, along with related wrong attitudes and/or responses:

(B) Choose to forgive the person who has hurt or offended you. CANCEL THE DEBT!

(C) Use your note-taking app or notebook to write out your prayer to the Lord expressing your decision to forgive the person who has hurt or offended you.

Include the specifics of those hurts or offenses and how they have affected you in the past, are affecting you in the present, and may affect you in the future.