“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 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.
At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
“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. “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’” Matthew 18:23-33
Jesus tells this parable in the context of forgiveness. Being willing to forgive those who have wronged you.
We've all been there - hurt, betrayed, wronged, humiliated. As you're reading this, I bet some names and faces just popped into your mind. Forgiveness is so tough.
But here's the good news - we're not alone in this! Jesus walks with us through the messy process of forgiveness. He knows it's hard for us. That's why He shared this story - to remind us of the unlimited mercy God has already shown us. If the Creator of the universe can forgive us for all the ways we've messed up, how can we not pass on that grace to others?
I'm still learning this myself, but I believe God wants to help us become more forgiving people. It's a journey, for sure. But knowing we're empowered by Jesus as we follow His example makes it a whole lot easier. We've got this, friend! One small act of forgiveness at a time.
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”