Growing in the likeness of Christ. Fruit of the Spirit. Lesson 4 – PatienceMatthew 18:21-3521 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgivehim? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Untilseventy times seven. 23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, whichwould take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought untohim, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lordcommanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to bemade. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshiped him, saying, Lord, have patience withme, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion andloosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of hisfellow servants, which owed him a hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him bythe throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, andbesought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: butwent and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellowservants saw whatwas done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then hislord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all thatdebt, because thou desiredst me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to thetormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Fatherdo also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. *****Let’s face it. Some people drive us up the wall. We try to pour out love to them, but they aretotally insensitive to us. We try to be genuine, but they misunderstand us and subtly knife us inthe back. How should we treat such people? The Lord Jesus tells us in the parable of theunmerciful servant. ***** Discussion Questions1. Why is it hard to keep forgiving people who do the same thing wrong over and over?2. In the passage above, the Lord Jesus had just been talking about forgiveness when Peterapproached him (v.21). What had Peter been wondering as he listened to the Lord Jesus?3. The rabbis taught that a repeated sin should be forgiven three times. (Peter’s offer seemsgenerous!). What was shocking about The Lord’s reply (v.22)?
4. The Lord’s reply to Peter is enlarged by the parable in verses 23-35. What is the first servant’sproblem in this parable?5. How was his problem solved far beyond anything he could have hoped for?6. How does the master illustrate God’s patience and forgiveness toward us?7. How does the way the first servant was treated contrast with the way he treats his fellowservant?8. Why do you think he failed to be patient or forgiving after having been forgiven so much?9. If we fail to treat others with patience and forgiveness, how will God treat us (vv. 34-35)?Why is His judgment so harsh?10. How can a deep appreciation for God’s patience and forgiveness help you with the kind ofperson mentioned in question 1?11. Pray that the God who has been so patient with you will help you be patient with others. *****