The Good News Matthew 18:10-35
Jesus put a child in the midst of the disciples, and taught them: “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; I tell you truly, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father. What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.
“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained them. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the whole church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. One who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him, and he could not pay. So his master ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, to repay the debt. The servant fell on his knees, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master forgave him the debt.
“But that same servant, as he went out, came upon a fellow servant who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ The other servant fell on his face and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ But he refused; he threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were deeply distressed, and they reported everything that had happened to their master. Then the master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow man, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”