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We aren’t saved because we are forgiving, we are forgiving because we are saved.

BibleGateway: Matthew 18:21-35

ESV Text: Matthew 18:21-35

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:58 and ends at about 4:53

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     21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. 23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But 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. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But 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. 29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then 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: 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 the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 358:
Lamb of God, We Fall Before Three

— Organ Audio

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1. Lamb of God, we fall before Thee, 
Humbly trusting in Thy Cross. 
That alone be all our glory; 
All things else are only dross. 

2. Thee we own a perfect Savior, 
Only Source of all that’s good. 
Every grace and every favor 
Comes to us through Jesus’ blood. 

3. Jesus gives us true repentance 
By His Spirit sent from heaven; 
Whispers this transporting sentence, 
“Son, thy sins are all forgiven.” 

4. Faith He grants us to believe it, 
Grateful hearts His love to prize; 
Want we wisdom? He must give it, 
Hearing ears and seeing eyes. 

5. Jesus gives us pure affections, 
Wills to do what He requires, 
Makes us follow His directions, 
And what He commands, inspires. 

6. All our prayers and all our praises, 
Rightly offered in His name,– 
He that dictates them is Jesus; 
He that answers is the same.