More Than Words | Matthew 18:32-33 | Devotional
Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’
In response to Peter’s question about how many times a person should be forgiven, Jesus told the story of a king who wanted to settle his accounts. The first man brought before the king owed millions of dollars. Facing imprisonment, the debtor begged for leniency. The king showed pity and let him go. The man left the king’s presence with great relief, but forgot to transfer the gift of mercy.
Leaving the palace, the debtor ran into a man who owed him some money; just a few dollars and he lit into the guy, demanding payment and ignoring the pleas for grace. He had the man thrown into prison. The word got back to the king, who had the debtor brought back into his presence and thrown into prison. Our passage today explains the king’s reasoning.
The lesson of the parable is this: How can we, who have been shown the great grace of God, not transfer that grace to others? Or better, in Jesus’ words: “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” The application is clear. Who do you need to extend grace and forgiveness to—today?
Father, may we, as grace receivers, always be grace givers. In Jesus’ name. Amen.