Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©
Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.
(Matthew 18:23-35 (RSV))
Does this story hit home?
Think about that for a moment.
In all that you have done, God has given you grace and mercy through the blood of Jesus. Did you deserve that grace and mercy or was it freely given simply because you asked for it by proclaiming a faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Could you have earned grace and mercy on your own?
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(Romans 3:23 (NIV))
If we could have earned it, then why did Jesus come into the world to die on the cross and to be resurrected? If we could have earned it, then His suffering was in vain. It was not needed.
All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
(Isaiah 64:6 (NIV))
Does your neighbor merit grace and mercy? How many times has he been loud and obnoxious late into the night? How many times were you furious with him? How many times has your neighbor sinned against you? What if God treated you in the same manner that you treat your neighbor? In His own words, He expects us to do just that.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
(Matthew 6:12 (NIV))
There is an old saying, “To err is human. To forgive is divine.” God wants us to forgive just as we are forgiven. We are all human and we are all sinners. We do not have the right to hold someone in judgment when we, ourselves, deserve to be judged.
Grace is amazing. Pass it on. But be sure to explain where the true source of grace can be found.