Study of Matthew 18:21-35 My answers to BSF study questions
12. a. Perhaps Peter hopes there is a limit to the number of times he must forgive someone else. He may have thought he did not need God’s limitless mercy.
b. The world focuses on blame and revenge, and Jesus focuses on love, mercy, and forgiveness.
13. a. If we forgive others, He will forgive us.
“Those who truly understand how much they have been forgiven will forgive others. But those who think they save themselves by their good works become judgmental. A judgmental, condemning attitude speaks to a failure to understand the grace of God.” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary Note on Matthew 18:33
b. God is more concerned about the condition of our heart than about how well or how badly others treat us. To be like Jesus, we must say as He did, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
c. Before studying these passages, I thought, “I’m doing pretty well.” Now, not so much.
I’m primarily dealing with family these days—a husband recuperating from a near-fatal heart attack, an elderly parent with stroke-induced dementia, and assisting with the care of five children—three of whom have special needs.
My prayer every morning since I came across the following quote in an old journal a few weeks ago has been the following:
Life minus love equals zero. Love leaves a legacy. How you treated other people, not your wealth or accomplishments, is the most enduring impact you can leave on earth. God, whether I get anything else done today, I want to make sure that I spend time loving You and loving other people—because that’s what life is all about. I don’t want to waste this day. page 125 (I think this is from Purpose Driven Life)
d. Dearest Lord, the only chance I have to repay You for Your love, mercy and forgiveness is—
love others as You have loved me;
forgive others as You have forgiven me;
be patient with others as You have been patient with me;
be merciful with others as You have been merciful with me;
generous with others as You have been generous with me;
As You enable me by Your Precious Spirit,
I will share Your love
unto the least of these…
14. Please pray I will receive a deeper revelation of God’s love and produce the fruit of God’s love in my life.