By Kenny Tibbetts
“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:23-35
- Do you think Jesus means for you to stop forgiving someone on the 78th time?
- Have you ever been like the wicked servant who withheld forgiveness even after he had been forgiven?
- How can we who have been forgiven every sin withhold forgiveness from others?
Stop and consider who you have held forgiveness from. Even if you have told that person you forgave them, have you harbored unforgiveness and anger in your heart? Forgive others as if your own forgiveness depended on it.
Thank God that you have forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Thank God that he alone is judge and that he doesn’t need our help. Ask Him to help you grant the forgiveness you’ve been denying so that you may also be forgiven.
Bible Reading Plan - Day 43