"If a believer does something wrong, go, confront him when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have won back that believer. 16
But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you so that every accusation may be verified by two or three witnesses. 17
If he ignores these witnesses, tell it to the community of believers. If he also ignores the community, deal with him as you would a heathen or a tax collector. 18
I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you imprison, God will imprison. And whatever you set free, God will set free.
19"I can guarantee again that if two of you agree on anything here on earth, my Father in heaven will accept it. 20Where two or three have come together in my name, I am there among them."
21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked him, "Lord, how often do I have to forgive a believer who wrongs me? Seven times?" 22Jesus answered him, "I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy times seven.
23"That is why the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24When he began to do this, a servant who owed him millions of dollars was brought to him. 25Because he could not pay off the debt, the master ordered him, his wife, his children, and all that he had to be sold to pay off the account. 26Then the servant fell at his master's feet and said, 'Be patient with me, and I will repay everything!' 27"The master felt sorry for his servant, freed him, and canceled his debt. 28But when that servant went away, he found a servant who owed him hundreds of dollars. He grabbed the servant he found and began to choke him. 'Pay what you owe!' he said. 29"Then that other servant fell at his feet and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will repay you.' 30But he refused. Instead, he turned away and had that servant put into prison until he would repay what he owed. 31"The other servants who worked with him saw what had happened and felt very sad. They told their master the whole story. 32"Then his master sent for him and said to him, 'You evil servant! I canceled your entire debt, because you begged me. 33Shouldn't you have treated the other servant as mercifully as I treated you?' 34"His master was so angry that he handed him over to the torturers until he would repay everything that he owed. 35That is what my Father in heaven will do to you if each of you does not sincerely forgive other believers."