Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
(Matthew 18:32-34 (NIV))
This is a recurring theme in the Bible. We are forgiven and shown mercy if we can forgive and show mercy to others.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
These are characteristics of God that we are to learn and put into practice. It is the same characteristics that brought Jesus to this earth to die for us.
If Jesus came to this earth to be God’s payment for our debts, if we accept this payment, then we must also be prepared to extend this payment to others. We have been shown unmerited favor and grace. We cannot keep this to ourselves. We cannot hold others to the same laws that we have been granted forgiveness from. If we are not willing to forgive, then how can we truly be forgiven. When we are forgiven, we have a joy that we wish to share with the world. It is a burden that has been lifted.
Does anyone owe you an unpaid debt?
Have you forgiven as you wish to be forgiven?