These seem like two different stories with different themes; however, consider how the first set of verses flow right into the truth that is expressed in the second set of verses. Without putting out all of my thoughts, please consider and pray through these questions:
What do verses 15-20 tell us to do when someone has sinned against us?
What do verses 21-35 tell us about how much God has forgiven us?
What do verses 21-35 tell us about how others' sin against us compares to our sin against God?
Knowing how much more that God has forgiven us, what does Jesus expect from us when others sin against us?
How do verses 15-35 wrap sin and forgiveness into a continuous response that Jesus expects from all His followers?
That's a lot to chew on, isn't it? When we begin to understand that our sin (debt) against God is greater than we could ever repay, it helps us to appreciate all the more the forgiveness that He extends to us. In turn this should change our attitude when we need to forgive others, whose debt to us doesn't even compare to the debt we had to God. Praise God for His forgiveness and praise God that He gives us the ability to forgive!
I want to wrap up today by letting you know that I am taking a break from my journey through the book of Matthew. What a wonderful journey it has been so far! I am excited to let you know that I am following the journey that my church is taking through the Community Bible Experience. This will take our church through the New Testament in eight weeks; however, we'll be reading through it in a different order from the way our Bibles are put together. Biblica has put together the New Testament in an order that reflects the books more in the order they were written. For more information about it, you can use this link. If you want to follow along with me, you can sign up for a reading plan at YouVersion. If you are not reading the Bible every day, what a wonderful way to start! You'll be reading the same verses with hundreds of other people at the same time, which I think is very inspiring. I'm looking forward to it!
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.