The time of accounting 

New Testament: Matt 18.24

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 18.21–35 on January 26, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

Peter wanted to know how often he should forgive his brother who sins against him. Jesus taught that we should forgive endlessly, for God forgives us endlessly and for much greater offenses. 

Then Jesus presented a parable of a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. Jesus said: 

“And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.”

– Matthew 18.24 

The man owed the king more than he could ever pay back. This represents us and what we owe God. We owe a debt that we cannot repay. 

However, what does God do? He forgives the debt! How then should I treat my brother or sister who owes me far less? The issue here is not money, but our sin and what we owe God for allowing us to live after we have sinned. The price is too high. We cannot pay it. 


  • If God forgives me, what should I do toward my brother? 
  • If you find it hard to forgive, why do you suppose that is? 

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