Luke 12:57–59 (ESV)
Settle with Your Accuser
“And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put
you in prison. 59 I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”
This is an obscure passage that just pops up and is not that easy to understand. What Jesus is
saying is to repent and forgive. If you have any debts, sins, etc... settle them now. Jesus is using an earthly example of financial debts. Come to terms and get them paid. Verse 59 is a reference to Debtor’s Prison in which
if you did not settle your debts, you were put in debtor’s prison and you were not released until the full amount is paid. If you made it this far, it probably means you were either hard headed and refused to pay or you didn’t have the money.
In debtor’s prison, they would often punish the debtor to motivate the family to pay the debt. You would not want to be in debtor’s prison, just like you wouldn’t want to be in hell. In hell, there is no escape.
I pray: O Lord, if I owe someone or have wronged them, help me to go and settle my debts with them before judgement day. Lord it is so easy to sit back and wait for them to step forward... but that may never happen.
Help me to step forward and to be reconciled with my debtor and my Lord. I especially thank you for your forgiveness, help me to forgive others. Amen.