Failing to Forgive

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Failing to Forgive

  • Luke 7:41-43; 15
  • Matthew 18
  • Kingdom, Grace, Judgment (Capon, 2002)
  • Book 2, Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Book 2, Chapter 2: Death and Resurrection
  • Book 2, Chapter 4: Losing as the Mechanism of Grace
  • Book 2, Chapter 5: Death, Resurrection, and Forgiveness
  • Stories with Intent (Snodgrass, 2018)
  • Grace and Responsibility

The parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18) is a hard one to categorize in some ways, but many put it under the rubric of a parable depicting God’s grace. Even so, it has an undeniable interplay between grace and judgment. In four to five paragraphs, respond to the following:

  • What is the relationship between grace and judgment in this parable?
  • Does Jesus’ statement at the end regarding the necessity of forgiving another from heart negate the first half of the parable? That is, if one does not forgive another, is there no room for throwing yourself on the mercy of the king?
  • This sounds like a harsh law or rule. Does law trump grace here?
  • What makes a parable of grace a parable of grace?

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