Forgiveness and Community

Matthew 18:21-35; Romans 14:1-12

Matthew 18:21-35

21  Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins

against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?”  22  Jesus said to

him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

23  “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished

to settle accounts with his slaves.  24  When he began the reckoning, one who owed

him ten thousand talents was brought to him;  25  and, as he could not pay, his lord

ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions,

and payment to be made.  26  So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have

patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’  27  And out of pity for him, the

lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt.  28  But that same slave, as

he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii;

and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’  29  Then his fellow slave

fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’  30  But

he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the

debt.  31  When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly

distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.  32  Then

his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that

debt because you pleaded with me.  33  Should you not have had mercy on your

fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’  34  And in anger his lord handed him over to

be tortured until he would pay his entire debt.  35  So my heavenly Father will also do

to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Romans 14:1-12

Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over

opinions.  2  Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only

vegetables.  3  Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who

abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed

them.  4  Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own

lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make