How much were you forgiven?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
(Luke 7:41-43 (NIV))

How big was your debt?

It is human nature to compare your status with that of those around you. Unfortunately, we compare with a jaded point of view. We always think that the other person is more of a sinner than we are, yet, Jesus told us otherwise.

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
(Matthew 7:3-5(NIV))

How much do you love Jesus? Is it comparable to what He has forgiven you for? When you consider that

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(Romans 3:23(NIV))

we should be overflowing with love as a praise of thanks for what Jesus has done for us. None of us are worthy on our own to be able to approach God for we are all sinners and no sin is less in the eyes of God than another. We are all guilty!

Our debt was huge and our love should be boundless!

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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