4 Remarkable Lessons on Forgiveness — Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, taught the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant in Matthew 18:21-35. It stresses us to recognize the importance of forgiveness as we have been forgiven by God.

Forgiveness is not a natural human quality. Our very nature at its core has a desire for revenge and personal retribution. But Christ was a living example of forgiveness. When we forgive, we exhibit a Christ-like character trait and will be the sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.

How much forgiveness do we want from God? Do we want him to forgive even our worst sin? Do we want him to forgive even if we fall and do it again? How many times? That is how much and how often God expects us to forgive others. Let us now go to the story of the Unforgiving Servant, which teaches us that forgiving others is part of our forgiveness.

Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant is an equivalence of sin as a debt. It deals with how we need to deal with offenses and sins against us.

Forgiveness - Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Lessons on Forgiveness

This parable teaches four key lessons.

  1. There is no limit to forgiveness and we should forgive because we have been forgiven (1 John 1:9; Ephesians 1:7). Humans are imperfect and will inevitably sin against God’s law. But God’s love is so boundless and unconditional that He gave us His only begotten Son to die for the redemption of our sins. Every day, God forgives us when we ask for His forgiveness. So, we should also forgive others.
  2. As we want God to forgive our trespasses completely and give us a clean slate to start all over again, we should forgive others the same way. We should forgive so that God will forgive our sins (Matthew 6:14-15). We should have humble and repentant hearts to ask for forgiveness and also to forgive.
  3. Every day in our actions and thought we sin. Our faithful God never keeps a record of the number of times we fall and ask for His forgiveness. We should also never keep a record of other people’s sins against us and forgive them as our Creator did. We should forgive others as it is in obedience to our Lord (Colossians 3:13; Ephesians 4:32).
  4. Many times we wonder why God does not answer our sincere prayers. The answer is an unforgiving heart. We should forgive so that our prayers are answered. (Mark 11:24-25). God not only expects us to forgive those who have wronged us, He expects us not to hold the person accountable for his or her sins any longer.

How can we forgive when we are hurt badly? It is against human nature, but we can forgive by faith. Whether we like it or not, we should choose to forgive. It is a conscious decision of our will regardless of how we feel.

When we come to know our God and had received His awesome grace in our life, we can no longer hold the wrongdoing of others against them as we realize the enormous debt of sin we have amassed against our Creator. If we do not forgive, it is very much rebelling against God who forgives us. It shows that we do not love Him truly enough to pardon our fellow human beings for the sins wrought against us. All need to be forgiven in Christ and our lives will then reflect the character of our redeemer.

Do you know that Christ not only removes our condemnation and considers us innocent, He declares us also as righteous? (2 Corinthians 5:21) Since Christ made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, we are acceptable to God due to the perfect work of Jesus on the cross.

Once we have accepted, confessed, and regretted our sin, we need to believe that God has forgiven us and He will restore our relationship with Him. Anyone who has experienced God’s forgiveness will exhibit this character to others.

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant will enable us to start a new day by forgiving others and renewing our relationship with our Almighty creator.

Read our awe-inspiring collection of Parables of Jesus Christ with lessons that can be applied to our daily lives.


  1. Julifitz Water 4th August 2020
  2. floyd 15th January 2021
  3. clary 24th January 2021
  4. allie stan 29th January 2021
  5. lieselotte mccarthy 29th January 2021
  6. ashligerow 30th January 2021
    • Bibilium Good 21st February 2021
  7. Hubert 8th March 2021
    • Bibilium Good 8th March 2021
  8. Angelica 15th March 2021
  9. margoblackett 9th April 2021
  10. zachery 9th April 2021
  11. latasha 9th April 2021
    • Bibilium Good 14th April 2021

Add Comment

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
Bible Reading Plans Bible Summaries Bible Verses by Topic Hymns Jesus on Earth Lent Season Praise Offerings Prayers
Promises of God in the Bible, Promises of God, Gods Promises Verses
70 Greatest Promises of God in the Bible | Build Your Faith and Confidence
Standing on the Promises of God, standing on the promises,standing on the promises of god hymn,standing on the promises of god song
Standing on the Promises of God Lyrics | 1 Miraculous Story of Faith
bible verses about leadership, scriptures on leadership
51 Inspiring and Powerful Bible Verses About Leadership
5 Minute Sermons Bible Facts Bible Heroes Bible in Pictures Classic Sermons Heroes of the Faith Historical Events Moral Stories Parables
lion story, the greedy lion, greedy lion story
1 Greedy Lion Story | Do Not Chase Illusions | Grab Opportunities
ehud, ehud and eglon, eglon king of moab
Ehud, 1 Curious Case of the Left-handed Benjamite | Freedom From Tyranny
value of truth, what is truth, benefits of telling the truth
What is Truth? | 1 Amazing Short Story on Truthfulness
Christian Poems Christmas Season Contemporary Songs eBooks Personal Development Quotes
st teresa of avila, st teresa of avila quotes, teresa of avila
St Teresa of Avila Quotes | 21 Inspiring Sayings That Will Change Your Life
Short Prayer Quotes, Prayer Quotes, Morning Prayer Quotes, Inspirational Prayer Quotes
25 Powerful Short Prayer Quotes To Lift Your Spirits and Brighten Your Day
above all powers lyrics, above all powers, above all powers above all kings
Above All Powers Lyrics | 1 Glorious Song Celebrating the Greatness of God
Animated Bible Stories Factopedia Sunday School
12 disciples of Jesus, 12 disciples, disciples of jesus
12 Interesting Questions on 12 Disciples of Jesus | Sunday School Quiz
Jesus Loves Me This I Know, jesus loves me song, jesus loves me lyrics
Jesus Loves Me This I Know | The Remarkable Story Behind the Beloved Song
easter is celebrated, meaning of easter sunday, why is easter celebrated
6 Reasons Why Easter is Celebrated? | The Fascinating Resurrection Story
Don`t copy text!