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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Matthew 18:33-35

Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you? And his master was angry and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.
Matthew 18:33-35

Following Jesus' explanation regarding the way to deal with being wronged by another, the Lord shared a parable about forgiveness.

The parable tells of a master forgiving the overwhelming debt of one of his servants. The master later called the forgiven servant back and reprimanded him for not giving mercy after being shown mercy. As we see in today's text, the forgiven have a responsibility to forgive. This is not merely a suggestion and we can be assured that there are unpleasant consequences in failing to heed the Lord's warning.

As with everything that Jesus teaches us, there is life, blessing, and truth to be found when we choose to be obedient to Him. When we hold on to our "right" to what’s owed for the wrongs we have suffered, we get to enjoy bitterness, anxiety, and anger. True forgiveness, on the other hand, brings peace, freedom, and the joy of being in tune with His Spirit.

We can all use this reminder today from the Lord. I know I can. Remembering the grace that we have received because of God’s love, will help us to be forgivers instead of debt collectors.

Jeff Deal



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