Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
"Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, 'Pay what you owe.' So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart." ~ Matthew 18:21-35 (ESV)
Friday, December 05, 2008
70 Days to Go: Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
I thought of this when I was thinking about want to post for today for the countdown. With 70 days to go to be with my Love, I remember that being able to forgive is very important in a marriage. God asks us to show the mercy of forgiveness to one another as him showed for our sins. When issues come up in a marriage, one thing a husband and wife need is a spirit of forgiveness so they can work out the issues. So many times today people do not want to forgive someone who has done wrong against them. The need to forgive is rarely one sided when you spend lots of time with someone. So share the blessing of forgiveness with others and enjoy the blessing of forgiveness that was given to you.