Sometimes people do stupid things, Things that are not done in a vacuum so they offend and hurt others. Peter asked Jesus, just how many times believers should forgive those that wrong them. Jesus told a story about a man that owed his Master Gazilllions of dollars. The Master brought the servant before him and as he was about to have the man and his family sold into slavery; the servant begged for grace and mercy. The Master then felt pity and completely cancelled the servant’s debt and let him go free.
What happened next was amazing–and not in a good way. The servant who was freed then marched out and had another person that owed him $20.00 imprisoned and beaten. News of the servant’s behavior got back to the Master. the Master then hauled the wicked servant back and had him also imprisoned and beaten.
The message is clear. How can those whom have been forgiven so much, not forgive much as well? Each of us in our own way have hurt and wronged people throughout our lives. Rarely, was it done intentionally, but always it was done with consequence. Jesus says to check your heart. Before you continue to hold a grudge or decide not to forgive another, please remember the Gazillions of dollars of spiritual debt that you have had cancelled by the sacrifice Jesus made.
No reasonable person can look in the mirror and not be affected by the stark parallel. If you struggle with bitterness against another, let it go. You owe God so much more. What’s more, that bitterness does little to the one that wronged you–but it will destroy you or me. We deserve to walk in the freedom that comes when you have no outstanding or unsettled accounts with others. Jesus will vindicate and repay wrongs to you–you can simply walk away and be released from the destructive feelings and reactions bitterness can bring. No one owes you more than you and I owe our Lord and Savior for his sacrifice on the cross.
God Bless You
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”