Bible Study: Forgive As We Forgive


Bible Study Questions – Matthew 18:21-35

Jewish tradition limited forgiveness to three times.  Amos 1:3, 6, 9 and Job 33:29-30. What did Peter probably think of his comment when he made it?

What would you do to celebrate if all of your debts were canceled?

Why did the servant promise to pay back the debt knowing that both he and the king would know that this would be impossible?

Be honest; in what ways do you put a limit on forgiveness?

What is the value of forgiveness? Is this why we sometimes withhold it?

How much has God forgiven us? Luke 23:34; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12-13

How can the realization of how much we have been forgiven by God help fuel our ability and willingness to forgive someone?

How does unforgiveness serve as a prison of sorts? What does holding on to a grudge do to a person?

How is forgiveness like canceling a debt or declaring bankruptcy?

What did Jesus mean when He said we must forgive 70 X 7 times?

Forgiveness is hard enough, but can we truly forget? Genesis 41:51; Philippians 3:13

The king granted the first servant grace. Why? Psalm 45:2; Ephesians 2:4-10

 How is the king’s grace like God’s grace?

 When we receive this grace, what are we expected to do with it? 2 Corinthians 6:1-2; James 2:13; 1 Peter 4:10-11; 2 Peter 1:2-4

 Is there ever an occasion when we should not forgive?

How does Jesus point in verse 35 compare with Matthew 6:12?

Do we forgive others so God will forgive us, or does God forgive us so that we will have a forgiving attitude? Matthew 6:14-15

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