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should accompany prayer?
"And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any; that
your Father also which is in heaven, may forgive you your trespasses." Mark
Will God pardon
"But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven
forgive your trespasses." Mark 11:26.
How should we
ask for pardon?
"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." Matt. 6:12.
How many times
should we forgive?
"Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin
against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not
unto thee, Until seven times, but, Until seventy times seven." Matt. 18:21,
In what parable
are we taught forgiveness?
"Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which
would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was
brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had
not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and
all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and
worshiped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and
forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow
servants, which owed him a hundred pence; and he laid hands on him, and took him
by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellow servant fell down
at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay
thee all. And he would not; but went and cast him into prison, till he should
pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very
sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done." Matt.
In dealing with
the erring, what feeling should actuate us?
"Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant,
even as I had pity on thee?" Matt. 18:33.
should we be satisfied with mere formalities?
"So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your
hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses." Matt. 18:35.
How should we
"Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it
with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with
cheerfulness." Rom. 12:8.
What should we
do when a sin is confessed?
"So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him,
lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow." 2 Cor.
In restoring the
erring, what grace should we exemplify?
"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual,
restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou
also be tempted." Gal. 6:1.
are we to follow in forgiving?
"Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a
quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you so also do ye." Col. 3:13.
anciently forbid grudging?
"Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy
people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord." Lev.
What says the
Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned; behold, the
Judge standeth before the door." James 5:9.
Does one forgive
who holds a grudge?
Some when pretending to forgive, say: "I can forgive, but I cannot
forget." Such "hold a grudge."
What petition in
the Lord's prayer, is the only one to which the Master adds a comment?
"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." "For
if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you;
but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive
your trespasses." Matt. 6: 12, 14, 15.