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Matthew 18:21-35, Who Does Jesus Expect Us to Forgive? (Mateo 18:21-35, ¿A Quién Espera Jesús Que Perdonamos?)

We all have people in our lives who have driven us crazy. (Cada uno de nosotros tenemos personas en nuestras vidas que nos han haciendo loco.) Some have been so bad that we think we can never forgive them. (Algunos han sido tan malo que pensames que nunca podremos perdonarlos.) The truth is, we are better off psychologically and spiritually if we would just go ahead and forgive them. (La verdad es que somos mejor psicoholigicamente y espiritualmente si pudieramos segiuir adelante y perdonarlos.) It isn’t easy, but it is necessary for several reasons. (No es facil, pero es necessidad para muchos razones.) Here is a story that Jesus told about forgiveness: (Aqui es una historia que Jesus dijo acerca de perdon:)

The kingdom of Heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts. (El reino de Cielo es como un rey que queria saldar cuentas.) Remember, the kingdom of Heaven is where God rules. (Recuerdas que el reino de Cielo es donde Dios gobierna.) It can mean Heaven, the church, and mostly, our hearts. (Puede significa Cielo, la iglesia, y principalmente nuestros corazones.) He began settling the accounts with a man who owed him one thousand talents. (‘El empezo’ saldiendo cuentas con un hombre quien le debia mil talentos.) People like to go into how much money a thousand talents was, but money changing is not what this was about. (La gente le gusta empezar acerca de cuanto dinero eran mil talentos, pero cambiar dinero no es de lo que se trataba.) Just realize it was a lot of money, maybe like a thousand dollars. (Solamente pientas que era mucho dinero, tal vez como mil de dolares.) The man couldn’t pay, so the king ordered that the man, his wife, his children, and everything he own be sold to pay the money. (El hombre no pudo pagar, por lo tanto el rey ordino’ que el hombre, su mujer, sus ninos, y todo lo que poseia’el hombre se vendiera para pagar el dinero.)

The man was so upset that he fell on his knees and begged for patience. (El hombre estaba tan molesto que el cayo en su rodillas y rogo por paciencia.) He assured the king that he would pay back every cent if he just wouldn’t sell him, his wife, his children, and everything he owned. (Le asseguro’ al rey que ‘el va pagar todos el dinero si ‘el no vender ‘el, su mujer, sus ninos, y todo lo que poseia ‘el hombre.) The king took pity on him. (El rey se apiado de ‘el.) The king cancelled the debt and let the man go. (‘El cancelo’ la deuda y dejo’ el hombre se fue.)

However, when the man left, he went out and found a fellow servant who owed him money. (Sin embargo, cuando el hombre se fue, ‘el salio’ y encontro’ un companero de servicio que le debia dinero.) It was a fraction of the amount that he had owed the king. (Era un fraccion de la cantidad que ‘el le debia el rey.) It was like the difference between one hundred dollars and one dollar. (Fue como el diferencia entre un cien dolares y un dolar.) The man who had been forgiven his debt violently grabbed the other man and began choking him. (El hombre quien han sido perdonado su deuda agarro violentamente y empezo’ a hogarlo.) “Pay back everything you owe me!” he demanded. (“!Paga lo que me debes!” ‘el demando.) His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, “Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.” (Su companero de servicio se cayo en rodillas y le rogo’. ” Se paciente conmigo, y yo te pagare’.) However, the man refused to forgive him and threw him into prison until he could pay him back. (Sin embargo el hombre se nego’ a perdonarlo y lo echo’ en carcel hasta ‘el pudo’ pagarlo.)

When that happened, another servant saw. (Cuando esto succedio’ un otro serviente lo vio’.) The servant was extremely upset by what he saw. (El serviente estaba extremadamente molest acerca de que ‘el vio’.) He went to the king and told him what he saw. (‘El se fue al rey y lo dijo que vio’.)

The king called the man in whose debt he had cancelled. (El rey llamo’ el hombre cuya deuda habia cancelado.) He said to him, “I cancelled your debt because you begged me.” (‘El lo dijo, “Yo he cancelado tu deuda porque me rogaste.”) “Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I have had on you?” (?No deberias haber tenido misericordia de tu companero como yo la tuve de ti?”) The king was angry. (El rey estaba enojada.) The king sent him to jail to be tortured until he could pay his debt. (El rey lo envio’ a carcel a ser torturado hasta ‘el pudiera pagar su deuda.)

This is how God feels about people who don’t forgive others. (‘Esta es como Dios se siente acerca de las personas que no perdona a los otros.) There was a discussion on Facebook once about people getting mad and screaming and cussing at others. (Huba un discusion en Facebook una vez acerca de las personas enojarse y gritando y maldiciendo a los otros.) I actually couldn’t imagine anyone thinking they were so wonderful that the had the right to treat another person so poorly. (Acutalmente, no pudo’ imaginar una persona que pensar que ellos eran tan maravillosas que ellos tiuvieron el derecho a tratar una otra persona tan mal.) I put a comment there that I could never think I am so much better than another person to treat them like that, and I got so many likes and I am still getting them. (Pone un comentario alla que nunca pude pensar que estoy mucho mejor que una otra persona a tratar a ellos asi, y recibe’ muchos “likes” y incluso ahora todavia los estoy consiguidendo.) It just took one comment when everyone else wanted to talk about how angry they were that they wanted to scream at others, and it stopped the meanness. (Solo hizo falta un comentario cuando los otros quierian hablar acerca de como enojados estaban que querian gritan a los otros, y detuvo la mezquindad.) We know we should forgive, and God says if we don’t we won’t be forgiven. (Sabemos que deberemos perdonar, y Dios dice que no perdonamos, ‘el no nos perdona’.) The forgiveness is for everyone, even those people who drive us crazy. (El perdon es para todos, incluso para las personas que nos hacen loco.) If we never forgive them, we can’t go to Heaven. (Si no los perdonamos, no podemos ir en Cielo.) God forgave us of all the stupid things we have done. (Dios nos perdono’ de todos las estupideces que hemos hecho.) He expects us to forgive others also. (‘El espera para nosotros a perdona a los otros tambien.)

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