For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began to settle accounts, one who owed 10,000 talents was brought before him. Since he had no way to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt.
“At this, the slave fell facedown before him and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you everything! ’ Then the master of that slave had compassion, released him, and forgave him the loan. “But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him 100 denarii.
He grabbed him, started choking him, and said, ‘Pay what you owe! ’ “At this, his fellow slave fell down and began begging him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he wasn’t willing. On the contrary, he went and threw him into prison until he could pay what was owed.
When the other slaves saw what had taken place, they were deeply distressed and went and reported to their master everything that had happened. “Then, after he had summoned him, his master said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you? ’
Matthew 18:23-33 HCSB
Father I pray that the mercy, grace, and forgiveness You give me I am humble enough to do the same with others. Correct me when I stumble or stray. Remind me when I forget. I never want to mistreat another, so please always keep my heart warm so that I am always receptive and empathetic to others. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.
How many of you can honestly relate to this parable?
Have you been in a situation where you owed a debt, found yourself considerably late in making a full or partial payment, asked for an extension, but then didn’t extend this same grace to someone who owed you money?
What you want and ask for is what you should freely give to others. If you need a deferment you should be willing to grant a deferment to someone else. If you ask that a loan be forgiven and erased, you should be willing to forgive a loan you gave to another person. We can’t live long in a one-sided world. God’s scales always even things out. Think about it and share your thoughts.
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