The Bible Says Commentary on the Book of Matthew
The disciples come to Jesus and ask Him who will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. He answers their question by telling them that the greatest in heaven will be like a child. He elaborates His answer. Christ states that the reason He was sent to earth was to save the lost, which meant showing forgiveness. The Messiah expects His disciples to do the same and teaches them how to confront a brother in sin. Peter asks Jesus what the appropriate limit is for offering forgiveness to a repeat offender. Jesus answers with a euphemistic hyperbole that indicates an unlimited number of times. He then shares a parable about a king who forgave a great debtor who would not forgive his own servant, to demonstrate that we should forgive others without limit.