“I forgave your entire debt when you begged for mercy.” Matthew 18:32
Jesus 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 Bystanders reported the lousy deal to the king, who called in the evil servant and rescinded the debt-free offer.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.