Forgiving One’s Brother

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Matthew 18:15-22, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

Once, Jesus was teaching His disciples. He told them that if their brother sins against them, they should go and talk to their brother alone, just the two of them. They should try to make things right and become brothers again. If their brother listened and apologized, then everything was okay.

But if their brother didn’t listen, then they should bring one or two along with them to help. This way, there would be more people to talk to the person and explain why what they did was wrong. If the person still didn’t want to make things right, then they should tell the whole church.

Jesus said that it’s important to keep trying to make things right, even if it’s hard. And if someone still refuses to listen, then it’s okay to treat them like they’re not a brother anymore.

Jesus also said that when we pray and ask for something with another person, God will listen and answer our prayer. He also promised that when two or three people come together in His name, He will be there with them.

One of the disciples, Peter, asked Jesus, “Lord, how many times do I have to forgive my brother if he does something wrong to me? Seven times?”

But Jesus said, “No, you should forgive them not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!”

Biblical Lessons

  • It’s important to talk to someone if they hurt you and try to make things right.
  • If someone doesn’t listen, it’s okay to ask for help from others.
  • Keep trying to make things right, even if it’s hard.
  • Jesus promises to be with us when we pray together and work together.

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