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Seventy Times Seven

11 Aug

Forgiveness wordsI hope this week’s Bible story isn’t as confusing as the last one. I wasn’t sure if you were talking about sheep or puppies.

I’m listening. But please don’t make it confusing.

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Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven times.”

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Are you serious? Does that mean I have to forgive you person, for all the times you pull mischief on me?

Of course I’m listening. I’m just trying to multiply that number. You never taught me how to do that. More mischief.

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Then Jesus told a story. He said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.

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That man must have been really talented.

How much is ten thousand talents?

Millions of dollars? No way! I think that king should have cut him off a long time ago.

Yes, I’m listening.

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Since the man was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

The servant fell on his knees before him. “Be patient with me,” he begged, “and I will pay back everything.” The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go..

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Whew! He was lucky.

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But when the servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. “Pay back what you owe me!” he demanded.

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I guess a hundred denarii must be way more than ten thousand talents.

What!? It’s only worth about a day’s wages? I guess that guy was pretty demanding.

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The fellow servant, the one being choked, fell to his knees and begged him, “Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.”

But the first servant refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.

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Well, that doesn’t make any sense. How can you pay a debt when you’re in prison?

I am listening.

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When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.

Then the master called the servant in. “You wicked servant,” he said. “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” In anger his master turned him over to the jailors to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

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Serves that guy right.

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Then Jesus said, “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”

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Oops!

Person, I forgive you seventy times seven times for all the mischief you ever did to me.

But if you pull mischief on me again, you’d better watch out.

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19 Comments

Posted by on August 11, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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19 responses to “Seventy Times Seven

  1. Mags Corner

    August 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Love your comments and questions sweet Bongo. Another great story…forgiveness makes one feel so much better. Hugs and nose kisses

     
    • Bongo

      August 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Chancy and Mag. Sometimes I have trouble forgiving my person when she does mischief on me. I guess I need to listen to this story more. Hugs and nose kisses back to you.

       
  2. marina kanavaki

    August 11, 2013 at 11:26 am

    She won’t, Bongo, I’m sure!!!
    😉

     
    • Bongo

      August 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Marina, do you think my person can quit that easily?

       
      • marina kanavaki

        August 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm

        Who’s coaching her?!!! 😆 I thought you were training her, Bongo!!!

         
      • Bongo

        August 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        Marina, I am but she’s such a slow learner.

         
      • marina kanavaki

        August 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm

        Have faith, Bongo, she’ll get there…

         
  3. colliesofthemeadow

    August 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    “forgive us as we forgive those who tresspass against us…” Perfect story…. 🙂 Ginger says forgive them but bite them anyways… heheheh

     
    • Bongo

      August 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Great idea Ginger!

       
  4. eripanwkevin

    August 12, 2013 at 7:49 am

    The story that Jesus told as an exampl was great one!!! I agree with Jesus..very true…. Forgiveness is a beautiful word , I like it! 🙂

     
    • Bongo

      August 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Kevin, Jesus is all about forgiveness. He forgave us, and he wants us to forgive others. People and dogs who don’t forgive get bitter inside and only hurt themselves, not the person they’re mad at. Works for me.

       
  5. mollieandalfie

    August 12, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I don’t forgive Alfie much, spechually if he breaks my toys. BOL I shall have too pawractise my forgiveness 🙂 Have a great day Bongo xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

     
    • Bongo

      August 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Mollie, I can so relate. I have trouble forgiving Scratchy too.

       
  6. FleaByte

    August 12, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Bongo, humans do mischief. Jesus knows that. It’s why he told that story. He knows we can’t help it sometimes. I’m glad you’re willing to forgive.

     
    • Bongo

      August 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      FleaByte, sometimes I have to tell everybody about my person’s mischief on my blog before I can forgive her. Besides, it’s fun getting everybody to feel sorry for me.

       
  7. Home

    August 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Forgiveness is a hard thing to do Bongo, glad you are more than willing to do so. Tell your person to look up my new blog mistyauthor.blogspot.com. Not half as much fun as yours, but then I am only human. Love your blog, lots of loves.

     
    • Bongo

      August 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Wow, you have a blog now Susan? I’ll make sure my person checks it out.

       
  8. angelswhisper2011

    August 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Bongo, I hope you can forgive your person… and Scratchy. It makes you feel so much better. I keep that in mind, but first I have to learn counting. Pawkisses 🙂

     
    • Bongo

      August 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Little Binky, my person says we don’t have to count or do any math. I think she’s full of mischief again and here’s why. She says Jesus meant that big number to mean that there’s no end to forgiveness.

       

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