Struggling to Forgive - John Van Sloten

May 18, 2008

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to think about forgiveness.

"The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn't pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market.
"The poor wretch threw himself at the king's feet and begged, 'Give me a chance and I'll pay it all back.' Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt.
"The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, 'Pay up. Now!'
"The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, 'Give me a chance and I'll pay it all back.' But he wouldn't do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king.
"The king summoned the man and said, 'You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn't you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?' The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that's exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn't forgive unconditionally
anyone who asks for mercy."
Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew 18:23-35, MSG

“...For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew 6:14-15, NIV

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June 08, 2008
Hello Pastor,

I watched your webcast for May 18th when you spoke about a family who was tragically impacted by a drunk driver. I was wondering if you have ever tried to talk to Stephen to see how he is really dealing with his loss and how he is managing to raise two little girls who are grieving over the loss of their mother. It is very difficult for these girls as everywhere they go in the Christian community they hear gossip and slander about their dad. He made a terrible mistake and so did his wife Kim, they were both out partying and drunk. They were both foolish that night. Words do cause irreparable damage. There are souls at stake.
From a friend who cares about both families.

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