KEY SCRIPTURE: Matt 18:28 KJV” But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.”
The Lord gave a parable about a rich man who asked His servants to give account. One realised he owed ten thousand talents which is about today’s 5,467 British pounds. His Lord asked that his children, wife, and himself be sold, to pay for the debt. This man fell to the ground and pleaded for mercy. The Lord had mercy on him, and let him go.
After being set free, he met another servant of his who owned him a hundred pence, which is equivalent to about 15 cents. This man holds his throat demanding his money. Although his debtor pleaded for mercy, he overlooked it and cast him into prison. Why did this man behave this way? Some will say he was a wicked man. Indeed, he was wicked yet He was also forgetful. He owed over five thousand pounds and was set free. Another owed him just 15 cents and will not forgive him.
Every man must always know that he or she has been forgiven much. Our debt was to cost us our very life in hell and the power of Satan over our lives. God forgave us all and gave His Son Jesus in our place. There are some who claim we would not pardon those who might have offended us. Some husband is so bitter about his wife, whiles a wife fuming with rage and so would have nothing to do with the husband.
There are certain instances that those who might have offended us would have seriously broken our hearts, because of what they did. It is true that their injury might be ‘beyond pardon’. Please may I ask, is there any price that can substitute eternal destruction in hell? Certainly, there is none. Our Lord Jesus gave His life to rescue us. Would it be too much to let go any offence.
Forgiving those who offend us is God’s demand from us. In the light of this we must always reflect over how much God forgave us through our Lord Jesus Christ in order to freely forgive our offenders.
Jesus gave His for my total liberation inspite of my offences. Today I consider it and forgive anyone and everyone who offends me; inspite of the degree of offence.
THOUGHT: IT IS GOD’S COMMAND THAT WE FORGIVE ALL.
Eph 4:32 KJV “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
2 Corinth 2:10 KJV “To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;”