Jesus once shared a beautiful parable, read keenly:
Peter his disciple asked him, “Master, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered him, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Seventy-seven times! Peter must have been baffled by the answer.
But here’s the lesson;
You must forgive your brother or sister not once, not twice, not seven times but as many times as you can no longer count, as many as seventy-seven times, if you can keep such a record!
Forgiving is like the Kingdom of Heaven. Read this story:
There was once a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began his settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
At this, the servant fell to his knees before the master and pleaded, “Be patient with me and I will pay back everything”. The master took pity on him, cancelled the debt and let him go”.
But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him, “Pay back what you owe me, he demanded.
His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, “Be patient with me, and I will pay it back”.
But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
Then the master called the servant in, “You wicked servant,”, he said, ‘I cancelled 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 handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
What have you learnt from this story?
This is how God will treat each of us unless we forgive our brothers and sisters from our heart.
Forgive and you too will be forgiven.
Will you apply this lesson in your life? Will you forgive as you have been forgiven?
This message is adapted from “Matthew 18: 21-35”.
Prayer: Dear Lord, please help me learn to forgive my brothers and sisters just as you continue to forgive me everyday. I ask that you guide and direct my path always. I ask these in name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.