We far too often associate forgiveness with simply wiping the slate clean. We treat forgiveness as though whatever is being forgiven, the offense or debt, simply disappears. In most situations, this simply is not the case. A wonderful example is the Parable of the Wicked (or Unforgiving) Servant (Matthew 18:21-35):
21Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
23Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him…
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