Matthew 18:21–35 (ESV)
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was
brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 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. 26 So
the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 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.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded
with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 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. 32 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?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt.
35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
write and preach about forgiveness. I have had people ask me why do I keep hanging on the subject of forgiveness? I then mention someone that they are having a problem forgiving and they get the point. The point is that we are to be forgiving
people and we are by nature unforgiving. Forgiveness is something that should get personal! Do you have someone that you can’t let go of what they did and forgive them? Then yes, I’m talking to you. If I am talking to a
war vet, they may claim that they don’t have a problem until I mention Jane Fonda. Their face quickly sours and now I’m meddling. The point is that forgiveness is our identity… it is who we are as Christians. After all,
we are to love our neighbors and our enemy. We are to forgive a little and a lot! Remember… people are watching you on how you live and forgive.
pray: O Lord, help me to be a forgiving person. Help me to let go and to live as Christ. Amen.