About four years ago, my brother, Josiah, and I began a garden. We had planned it out, saved our fruit seeds, and had all these dreams surrounding our awesome idea! Our first plant was a watermelon seed. Despite our parent’s assumptions, we actually got it to grow! But, just as our seed began to flourish, our 4-year-old brother, Jeremiah, pulled up our little sproutling, along with our dreams, from the ground. Josiah and I were furious! We could barely speak to Jeremiah for the rest of the day and held a grudge for many years. I’ve just now forgiven him!
Thinking about all my grudges brought me to Matthew 18:21-35.
This Scripture talks about a servant who owed a large debt that he was unable to pay. His king demanded that everything the servant owned be taken. When the servant begged for forgiveness, the king compassionately forgave him. Here's the plot twist! The forgiven servant then turned and found a fellow servant who owed him a smaller debt. He shook the other servant, beat him, and demanded that the debt be paid. When he had found that his debtor could not pay him back, the first servant threw the man into prison.
Now, I bet all of you are shaking your heads( tsking) and disapproving of the first servant. Aren’t you guys just glad you aren’t like that hater?
Well, let me change the story a bit. Imagine God as the king in the parable. We represent the first servant. And the second servant represents the people who’ve hurt us. The debt the servant owed the king is the unpayable sins we have committed against God. As the king forgave his servant, God has forgiven us. (YAY!) … But then we turn around and begin hating on another because of their sins.
I feel so awful when I think of this! The Creator of the world forgives my hundreds of sins, while I don't even want to forgive my little brother! Let’s be honest, it’s hard to forgive! But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. If Jesus forgives us, can't we take the step and forgive our debtors?
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