Verses 21-35 “21Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
23Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25But 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.
26The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”
It is popular now-a-days for many religious people to say that offenders must apologize, repent, or ask to be forgiven before an offended person can forgive them. This is a false teaching, sometimes based on a misunderstanding of Luke 17:3-4. The Bible teaches unconditional and unlimited forgiveness, that we should immediately forgive all offenses against us. Unforgiveness, i.e., holding grudges, is a serious sin. Those who refuse to forgive hurt only themselves, not their offenders because the bitterness of unforgiveness can lead to ulcers, high blood pressure, cancer, and a total lack of peace of mind. Those who will not forgive are backslidden to that extent, will not be forgiven by God, and will not have their prayers answered. It is a high price to pay for incubating hatred. Forgiving any and all offenses against us is for our own good and for the good of the Cause of Christ.