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September 17th 2017 “We Need to Forgive” Rev. Paul Douglas Walfall
September 17, 2017
Rev. Paul Douglas Walfall
Romans 14: 1 – 12 Matthew 18: 21 – 35
Romans 14: 1 – 12 ~ 

Welcome those who are weak in faith,[a] but not for the purpose of quarreling over 
opinions. 
Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. 
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. 
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[b] is able to make them stand.

Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. 
Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. 
Those who observe the day, observe it in
honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to
God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the 
Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we
are the Lord’s. 
For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of
both the dead and the living.

10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister?[c] Or you, why do you despise 
your brother or sister?[d] For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.[e] 
11 For it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
 and every tongue shall give praise to[f] God.”

12 So then, each of us will be accountable to God.[g]

Matthew 18: 21 – 35 ~ 

21 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church[a] sins again
st 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[b] 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[c] 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;[d] 
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[e] from your heart.”

 
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