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Sunday Scripture Reflection: Matthew 18:21-35

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

On this Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, we continue to hear Jesus speaking to his followers about the important topic of forgiveness. In this week's lesson, Jesus uses a parable of a king who makes decisions based on the behavior of his subjects. What does this tell us about our lives and our relationship with God?

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. The Scripture passage may be found by following this link: (Matthew 18:21-35).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • After reading the Scripture passage from Matthew's Gospel account, what do you find most surprising; most comforting; most challenging?

  • How are compassion and forgiveness connected, or not connected, in this story...especially as it relates to the king?

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on the author's statement regarding the idea that "God forgives provisionally, based upon our forgiveness..."

  • After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on the idea that the "power of the original wound is broken through forgiveness."

  • What does it mean to you that "forgiveness is not an isolated act, but an ongoing activity?"

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