Matthew 18:21-35 is all about forgiveness.
It is the parable of ‘The Unforgiving Servant’.
I’m not sure if you know it.
A servant can’t pay his debt to his master. However, he is shown mercy and released from his debt. The servant then goes outside and sees someone who owes him money. This person can’t pay the debt so instead of showing the same kindness given him, the servant puts his debtor in prison. Upon hearing this the servant’s master is furious and throws the servant into prison until he has repaid the whole debt owed.
However, it is the final verse that struck me this morning.
“So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
What an amazing statement!
If we do not forgive our friend, partner, husband, wife, work mate, family, acquaintance…anyone we come across, then we ourselves will be in the same peril as the servant was.
And no wonder, for Christ has shown immeasurable grace toward us, depraved and sinful beings. Surely we can forgive sin against us here on earth when Christ has forgiven all sin for those who have faith in Him.
I know I need to practice forgiveness. How about you?
I know that it is my pride that gets in the way of saying “sorry” to those I know.
How about you?
I know its my pride that also gets in the way when I hold a grudge against someone for the way they have behaved.
What about you?
Lets look to the cross and find full forgiveness from God, which will remind us of our lack of forgiveness toward others. Through our forgiveness of others may we show the glory of God.