Archive for the ‘Forgive Us For Doing Wrong As We Forgive Others’ Category

Day 5: Forgiving

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Matthew 18:21-35 (NIV)

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 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.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “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.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Reflection:

The king canceled his servant’s debt, but that same servant still went and demanded what the other servant owed him. Why do you think he would do that? Did he still want to try to pay back the king? Did he have other debts? Now that he was out of debt did he just want to make sure he wouldn’t have to owe again? We don’t know what he was thinking or why he did what he did, but we do know that he owed a lot and the king had pity on him and canceled it. He should have had mercy on the other servant as the king had on him. Receiving forgiveness from God  through Jesus Christ and being a forgiving person go hand-in-hand, they cannot be separated.

Receiving God’s forgiveness transforms us into being a forgiving person. We forgive one another and we forgive others who may have wronged us because we have received and now know God’s forgiveness. Is there someone you need to forgive? God has forgiven us much, so let’s in turn forgive others because as forgiven people that is who we are. Spend some time asking God to show you if there is unforgiveness in your heart. Let’s ask God to continue to show us the power of His forgiveness and to help us to be forgiving.

Day 4: Being Forgiven

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Day 3: How far? How much?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Day 2: He ran to his son…

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Day 1: Forgive us…

Monday, July 21st, 2014