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“Until Seventy Times Seven”

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Heavenly Father loves us and forgives us as we turn our trust to Him. He invites us to return that graciousness to others as a gift in the same way. This lesson, video clip from "Forgive Us Our Debts" and activity will help your family find the graciousness to forgive others as our Heavenly Father forgives us.

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

MUSIC MP3

 

VIDEO CLIP:
The Animated New Testament
"Forgive Us Our Debts" chapters 3-4

PRINCIPLES:
Forgiveness

Salvation

 

 

PRINT THIS ENTIRE LESSON

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Children’s songbook #99 “Help Me, Dear Father.”

If you wish to print sheet music or have an online music file to accompany you click on the song link to visit: http://www.lds.org/cm

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 18:21–22

 

21. 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.

VIDEO

Watch chapters 3-4from the animated Complete Learning System, Forgive Us Our Debts DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

For younger children, it may be helpful to summarize the following ideas:

Who does the king in the parable represent? (Discuss ideas.)

“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: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” (Matt. 18:32-35.)

What are trespasses? (Discuss ideas.)

The archaic meaning is to commit a sin or act of wrongdoing against another.

Who does the first servant in the parable represent? (Discuss ideas.)

“Those who wish to consider themselves as disciples of the Master must understand that we, like the first servant, owe a great debt to our Heavenly King for the many gifts we have received from Him. This understanding unlocks the door to the gifts of repentance and our own forgiveness. ...”
Cecil O. Samuelson Jr., Liahona, Feb 2003 ©?Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserve.

 

Who does the second servant in the parable represent? (The persons who have hurt or offended us. Read Ephesians 4:32)

What was Jesus teaching his disciples in this parable? (Discuss ideas.)

“The scriptures refer to forgiveness in two ways. The Lord commands us to repent of our sins and seek His forgiveness. He also commands us to forgive those who offend or hurt us. In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus counsels us to ask Heavenly Father to ‘forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.’ (Matt. 6:12.)” True To The Faith, Forgiveness, pg 70 ©?Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Can Heavenly Father forgive us if we don’t forgive others? (Discuss ideas.)

“Does it not seem a supreme impudence to ask and expect God to forgive when we do not forgive? ... The Lord affirms in the Book of Mormon that we bring ourselves under condemnation if we do not forgive. (See Mosiah 26:30–31.) ... Not only our eternal salvation depends upon our willingness and capacity to forgive wrongs committed against us. Our joy and satisfaction in this life, and our true freedom, depend upon our doing so. When Christ bade us turn the other cheek, walk the second mile, give our cloak to him who takes our coat, was it to be chiefly out of consideration for the bully, the brute, the thief? Or was it to relieve the one aggrieved of the destructive burden that resentment and anger lay upon us?” Marion D. Hanks, New Era, Jun 1974 ©?Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
All rights reserved.

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

How many times did Jesus said we must forgive? (See Matt. 18:21–22.)

“Jesus was asked how many times one should forgive, and he replied that we should forgive without limit. Forgive him ‘seventy times seven.’ (Matt. 18:22.) In modern revelation, the Lord has said, ‘Inasmuch as you have forgiven one another your trespasses, even so I, the Lord, forgive you.’ (D&C 82:1.) An important part of forgiving is forgetting. In some ways, being able to forget is almost as valuable as being able to remember.” Franklin D. Richards, Ensign, Nov 1983 ©?Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Why is it important to forgive others? (Discuss ideas.)

Heavenly Father loves us and forgives us as we turn our trust to Him. He invites us to return that graciousness to others as a gift in the same way, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Eph. 4:32.) By doing so, we come to know better the heart and sacrifice of our Lord and participate in reflecting the good works He is doing to others through us. (See Eph. 2:7–10.)

“In the everyday circumstances of life, you will surely be wronged by other people—sometimes innocently and sometimes intentionally. It is easy to become bitter or angry or vengeful in such situations, but this is not the Lord’s way. He set the perfect example of forgiveness when He was on the cross. Referring to the Roman soldiers who had crucified Him, He prayed, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’ (Luke 23:34; see footnote c).” True to the Faith, Forgiveness, Pgs. 71-72 ©?Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Quote:

“As we struggle toward that perfection which Jesus Christ holds out for us, let us give emphasis to forgiveness. Let us cultivate that aspect of our character and rejoice in the spirit of forgiveness, which is the comforting message of the Atonement.” Theodore M. Burton, Ensign, May 1983 ©?Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

STORY

 

 

Timmy peaked through the blinds to make sure Jeff was gone. When he couldn’t see him, he dashed across the street to Mark’s house and rang the doorbell. While Timmy waited uneasily for someone to answer the door he didn’t notice Jeff crawling out from under the porch of the vacant house next door with a frightened kitten in his arms. But, Jeff saw him!

Feeling betrayed, Jeff shouted, “I’m never playing with you again, Timmy!” The kitten scratched Jeff’s arms, wriggling free of his grasp. Tears filled Jeff’s eyes, not from the pain of the scratches, but from the hurt his friend had inflicted on him.

Running home, Jeff quietly closed the back door behind him before creeping up the stairs to his
bedroom. The bed creaked when Jeff threw himself onto it, burying his head in his pillow to muffle the sobs that escaped from his chest.

Father glanced up from his newspaper when he heard Tim’s bed creak above him. “Is Jeff home?” he asked Mother.

Mother glanced at the clock on the wall. “He shouldn’t be. He went to play at Timmy’s. He has
another forty-five minutes before he needs to be home for dinner.”

Creak, creak. Mother looked confused. “Unless we have a ghost, someone’s up there.”


***


Father knocked on Jeff’s door. “Jeff, are you in there? Can I come in?”

Jeff rolled onto his back and took a deep breath. “I guess,” Jeff answered, wiping away the tears, even though he knew his freckled face, red from crying, would betray him.

Father sat next to Jeff on the bed. “What’s wrong, Champ?” he asked.

Jeff laid back down on the bed and stared at the ceiling. “I went over to Timmy’s house to play, but he said he couldn’t till he cleaned his room,” Jeff explained. “Then, he tried to sneak over to Mark’s house, but I saw him! Mark told me he does it all the time, but I didn’t believe him. Now, I know it’s true. I’m never going to forgive him! If he wants Mark for his best friend, he can have him!”

Father could tell that the hurt Jeff had been feeling was quickly turning into anger. What would Jesus do? he asked himself. Father almost laughed out loud when the thought came to him. Of course! My Father taught me to ask myself that question when I was a boy and I’m still asking daily.

“Jeff I know you’re hurt and angry, but before you decide to never forgive Timmy, I would like you to ask yourself, ‘What would Jesus do?’ Can you do that for me?”

"What would Jesus do?" Jeff didn’t need to think about it for very long before answering, “Jesus would forgive him. But, Dad, Mark told me Timmy does it all the time!”

“Did Jesus put a number on how many times we should forgive others?” Father asked.

Jeff thought for a moment. “He, did!” Jeff remembered. “When Peter asked Jesus how many times he had to forgive, Jesus told him, ‘Seventy times seven.’” Jeff quickly did the math in his head, Zero times seven equals zero. Seven times seven equals forty-nine. Four-hundred-ninety!

“Wow, Dad! Jesus said to forgive four-hundred and ninety times!” Then he sheepishly added, “That’s a bunch of times. If I do what Jesus would do, I’ll have to forgive Timmy about four-hundred-and- eighty-something more times.”

“That is a lot of times,” Father agreed. “So, do you think Jesus meant that we should keep track of how many times we forgive others? Then as soon as we reach the four-hundred-ninety mark we shouldn’t forgive them anymore?”

Jeff pictured himself carrying a notebook around, putting check marks next to all his friends names when they did something hurtful. Jeff’s face then turned really red when he thought about his friends putting check marks next to his name when he did something that hurt them.

“Since none of us are perfect, we would be spending an awful lot of time keeping track. We wouldn’t have much time to do anything else” Jeff answered. “I think Jesus was just using seventy times seven as an example. He want’s us to always forgive. Doesn’t He?”

“That’s right!” Father picked Jeff’s scriptures up from the night stand and thumbed through them. Stopping at D&C 64:10, he read, “‘I the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.’ You see, Jeff, the Lord knows that if we don’t have forgiving hearts our hearts will harden and we will be miserable. He wants us to forgive others so we can be happy. Does that make sense?”

Jeff thought about the hard tight feeling he had in his chest when he had vowed to never forgive Timmy. How miserable he felt. He wouldn’t want to feel like that all the time. “It sure does!”

Father ruffled Jeff’s hair. “You’re a good kid, Son. Get washed up–it’s almost time for dinner.”

“Dad, is it okay if I go find Timmy first? Now that I’ve forgiven him, I need to tell him I’m sorry and hope he’ll forgive me!”

by Margie Nauta Lee

 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT Flash Card "Forgiveness" Cookies


Flash Card "Forgiveness" Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 30-45 minutes
Bake Time: 7–10 minutes
Cool Time: 15 minutes

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Cream together sugars, butter, vanilla and eggs.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.

Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk to creamed
mixture.

Cover and refrigerate until easy to handle.

On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness.

Cut into 3 inch x 4 inch squares.

Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned.

Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • Frosting

 

Treat Time :

Give each family member a cookie to frost and decorate like a flash card (See picture-a parent or older sibling will need to help younger children).

 

ACTIVITY

 

 

 


Activity: Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.

1. Explain: Peter was so hurt that he asked Jesus “How oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?” (Matt. 18:21.)

2. Ask: Has anyone ever done something to you that made you feel so bad that you didn’t want to forgive them? (Discuss.)

3. Put puzzle together by having family members take turns drawing a puzzle pieces out of the sack or box. Read and discuss the situation on the back. Emphasize that when we
forgive others, it does not mean that we approve of the behavior or transgression.

4. Ask: How many times did Sarah forgive Andrew? (Seven.)

5. Ask: If this puzzle has seven pieces, how many times would we have to put it together to equal the number of times Jesus told Peter we need to forgive?
(See Matt. 18:22).

6. Ask: How many times is 70 x 7?

7. Explain: Although 490 is a lot of times to forgive, Jesus was really teaching that we need to always forgive whether a person hurts us again or whether we
just need to daily reaffirm our forgiveness for a single hurtful act.

8. Ask: Does forgiving others help us to feel better and why? (Discuss ideas.)

9. Explain: Jesus Christ gave us the perfect example of how to forgive those who offend us.

“Biblical history tells us that no mortal man has ever been subjected to the humility, the pain, the suffering that were experienced by the Savior of the world during his final hours of mortality. … There he hung, his body broken and bleeding, still taunted by his enemies; and it was in the midst of all this that Jesus [pled] perhaps quietly, with deep reverence, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ (Luke 23:34.)” Robert L. Simpson, Improvement Era, Dec. 1966 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

What you need:

A copy of the “70 x 7” activity (artwork included with this lesson), one self-adhesive laminating sheet, scissors, glue, cardstock, X-acto knife and a sack or box.

 

Preparation:

1. Glue artwork to front and back of cardstock.
2. Laminate artwork.
3. Use X-acto knife to cut out puzzle pieces.
4. Place puzzle pieces in sack or box.


 

 

 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
     
     
       
   
 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Sing: Children’s songbook #99 “Help Me, Dear Father.”

2. Watch: Watch chapters 3–4 from The Animated New Testament Complete Learning System, Forgive Us Our Debts DVD. (Video clip is also provided for viewing online.)

3. Read: “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21–22)

4. Who does the king in the parable represent? (Discuss ideas.)

“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: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” (Matt. 18:32-35.)

5. Who does the first servant in the parable represent? (Discuss ideas.)

“Those who wish to consider themselves as disciples of the Master must understand that we, like the first servant, owe a great debt to our Heavenly King for the many gifts we have received from Him. This understanding unlocks the door to the gifts of repentance and our own forgiveness. ...” Cecil O. Samuelson Jr., Liahona, Feb 2003 ©?Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

6. Who does the second servant in the parable represent? (The persons who have hurt or offended us. Eph. 4:32)

7. What was Jesus teaching his disciples in this parable? (Discuss ideas.)

“The scriptures refer to forgiveness in two ways. The Lord commands us to repent of our sins and seek His forgiveness. He also commands us to forgive those who offend or hurt us. In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus counsels us to ask Heavenly Father to ‘forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.’ (Matt. 6:12.)” True To The Faith, Forgiveness, pg 70 ©?Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.


8. How many times did Jesus said we must forgive? (See Matt. 18:21–22.)

“Jesus was asked how many times one should forgive, and he replied that we should forgive without limit. Forgive him ‘seventy times seven.’ (Matt. 18:22.) In modern revelation, the Lord has said, ‘Inasmuch as you have forgiven one another your trespasses, even so I, the Lord, forgive you.’ (D&C 82:1.) An important part of forgiving is forgetting. In some ways, being able to forget is almost as valuable as being able to remember.” Franklin D. Richards, Ensign, Nov 1983 ©?Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

9. Why is it important to forgive others? (Discuss ideas.)

Heavenly Father loves us and forgives us as we turn our trust to Him. He invites us to return that graciousness to others as a gift in the same way, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Eph. 4:32.) By doing so, we come to know better the heart and sacrifice of our Lord and participate in reflecting the good works He is doing to others through us. (See Eph. 2:7–10.)

“In the everyday circumstances of life, you will surely be wronged by other people—sometimes innocently and sometimes intentionally. It is easy to become bitter or angry or vengeful in such situations, but this is not the Lord’s way. He set the perfect example of forgiveness when He was on the cross. Referring to the Roman soldiers who had crucified Him, He prayed, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’ (Luke 23:34; see footnote c).”
True to the Faith, Forgiveness, Pgs. 71-72 ©?Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.