Stages of Worship




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Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, if my brother  keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive him? Seven  times?"  "No, not seven times," answered  Jesus, "but seventy times seven, because the Kingdom of heaven is like this.  Once there was a king who decided to check on his servants' accounts. He had  just begun to do so when one of them was brought in who owed him millions of  pounds. The servant did not have enough to pay his debt, so the king ordered  him to be sold as a slave, with his wife and his children and all that he had,  in order to pay the debt. The servant fell on his knees before the king. 'Be  patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay you everything!' The king felt  sorry for him, so he forgave him the debt and let him go.  "Then the man went out and met one of his fellow-servants  who owed him a few pounds. He grabbed him and started choking him. 'Pay back  that you owe me!' he said. His fellow-servant fell down and begged him, 'Be  patient with me, and I will pay you back!'  But he refused; instead, he had him thrown into jail until he should pay  the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were very upset  and went to the king and told him everything. So he called the servant in. 'You  worthless slave!' he said. 'I forgave you the whole amount you owed me, just  because you asked me to. You should have had mercy on your fellow-servant, just  as I had mercy on you.' The king was very angry, and he sent the servant to  jail to be punished until he should pay back the whole amount."  And Jesus concluded, "That is how my Father in heaven will treat every one of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart." 

Matthew 18: 21-35
Genesis 4

In these words from Matthew's Gospel it is easy to see how Jesus uses parables to help us understand the things that God wants us to do. In this tale it is how we are to forgive people. It also shows us one of the ways in which the word sinis used. Here it means something like 'hurting us' or 'saddening us', maybe even 'lying about us'.
How many ways can people hurt us?
How easy is it to forgive them?
How do we show this forgiveness?

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