Updated: Feb 19, 2021
Matthew 18: 21-35
verses 21-22: Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
The parable that follows tells of the servant whose master forgave his debt. The servant went and found a man who owed him money and demanded his money immediately.
When I think more about this parable, I realize we live our lives as the first servant. We have already been forgiven all of our sins. We live with that grace-ful gift, all of our lives as Christians. We cannot turn and be angry and pass judgement on others when we have been offered so much forgiveness ourselves. It is for God to do any judging, not us. And God has forgiven us, and has told us, over and over, to pass on that forgiveness.
Lord above, I am so very thankful for your forgiveness. I must forgive others and leave judgement behind. Just as you have told me I am forgiven, I must forgive others. I must treat others as I have been treated by you, with kindness and mercy. Amen
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