Get ready, friends, Jesus is still talking about relationships. I had Scripture hit me hard again this morning. I've read it many times before, but it really struck my heart today. In Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus relates the kingdom of heaven with a king settling accounts with his slaves. He went to one that owed him 10,000 talents (1 talent = 15 years of labor) and when he couldn't repay it, the king had compassion on him and released the slave from the debt.
Afterward, the slave went to another fellow slave and asked him for the money he owed which equaled 100 denari (1 denari was 1 days labor) but the fellow slave could not pay. He had him thrown into prison until he could pay in full.
Man, what a ungrateful jerk! Right? Doesn't he remember what had been done for him? Where is the slaves thankfulness and compassion?
Sound familiar? Yep - it is exactly what we do every time we don't forgive. Where is our thankfulness and compassion? Oh, how easily we forget what has been done for us.
Lord, please forgive me for being unforgiving. Help me to not take for granted your love, compassion and sacrifice. Help me to allow Your light and love to shine through me. Thank you for forgiving a sinner like me and for speaking through Your Word.
Living fearlessly in Christ