Sin, debt, or transgressions?

“I forgave your entire debt when you begged for mercy.” Matthew 18:32

Forgiveness strongJesus told a story about a king called in a debt by a servant who owed a hundred thousand dollars. The guy couldn’t pay, so to recoup the money, the king threatened to take the servant and his whole family to the auction block. The servant begged for more time, and the king’s heart softened and he forgave the servant his entire debt.

A bit later, the forgiven servant ran across a fellow servant who owed him a measly ten bucks. “Hey, I want me money,” he said. When he couldn’t come up with the money, the servant begged for relief…time to get the money. But the miserly servant had him arrested and put him into jail until someone could come up with the money. Bystanders reported the lousy deal to the king, who called in the evil servant and rescinded the debt-free offer.

I am reminded of this story of mercy each time I say The Lord’s Prayer…”forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Lord, even when revenge is what we desire, help us show mercy. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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