The Gospels – The Gospel According to Matthew
Unconditional and limitless forgiveness
Matthew 18:21-35 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.
We have been commanded to always forgive those who sin against us. It is a Commandment and we must obey it. The consequences of not obeying it are that we are retarded in our spiritual development in the way already discussed. Also in our relationship to the Almighty, the measure of mercy we use against our fellow human beings will be used against us. The level of leniency we give is what we will receive from the Lord.
There is to be no limit to the number of times we forgive our fellow men. We are to be patient and forgiving always. That way we do not carry any baggage with us in our hearts when we have to cross into the Beyond. We cross freely with nothing that would hinder our free movement towards the Light.
Matthew 19:3-9 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
What God has joined together let not man put asunder here refers to marriages made in heaven. If two people bring complementary qualities with them and they find each other and have decided to marry, such a union is made in Heaven because of the complementary qualities of these two people. They are meant for each other and the permanence of their relationship is guaranteed through the complementary qualities that they have. Their marriage will bring blessings into Creation.
If then an outsider, whether the parents or someone else tries to break up this relationship, then they are going against this Commandment by Jesus. They are breaking up a relationship which would bring happiness and blessing in Creation and are therefore contravening what God had already joined together through His Laws.
It will never be the wish for such people to separate because their union is permanent due to their complementary qualities. Those who break up such a union must bear heavy responsibility for preventing a union that would have brought immense blessing to Creation. It will be very difficult indeed to free themselves from this guilt.