Matthew 18: 25-35 tells us the story of a servant who owed 10,000 talents to his master. Faced with his inability to pay his debt, his master wanted to sell him, his wife, his children and all he possessed for the payment of his debt. The servant begged him to be patient with him until he finished paying for everything. Moved with pity, the master wrote his debt off completely. But as soon as he was released, this servant for whom the debt of 10,000 talents was cancelled, was intransigent with his fellow servant, who owed him only a hundred denarii. He even went to the extent of trying to strangle him. “Have patience with me and I will pay you all” (Matthew 18:29), said his fellow servant “and he would not and he went to threw him into prison till he should pay the debt” (Matthew 18: 30)
This servant deserved a severe sentence, but he was spared. However, he did not want to show mercy in return to his fellow servant. As a result, the master, having heard of his attitude, reversed his decision: “Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you ? ” said his master before delivering him to the torturers “until he should pay all that was due to him ” (Matthew 18: 33-34). And the Bible concludes, “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses ”(Matthew 18:35).
Christians often act like this wicked servant ! We were sinners and condemned to perdition but Christ forgave us and blotted out our sins, even the most sordid ones. He was merciful to us ! We speak of mercy, not only when the Lord, by His grace, forgives us when we repent but especially when He goes further by sparing us the consequences of the sins committed.
How many times have you refused to forgive when you suffered an offense ? Know this, beloved, lack of forgiveness and mercy reactivates divine judgment as illustrated by the reaction of the master toward the wicked servant. “… For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment”, says the Bible in James 2:13.
The Lord had to forgive you for the unimaginable mistakes you made in your walk with Him. But because you have been deeply hurt by a beloved who has offended you, betrayed you, you are refusing to forgive. Acting this way, will certainly expose you to judgment, when the accuser of the Christians, the devil, will claim you.
I admit that it is not always easy to forgive; especially when our soul has been deeply hurt. But ask for the help of the Holy Spirit and you will be able to forgive and show mercy.
The more mercy you show your neighbour, the more merciful God will be to you. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!” (Matthew 5: 7).
May God bless you Beloved
”…But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses “.
” But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, And did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath…”
2 Samuel 22:26
“With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; with a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless...“
“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
“Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard”.
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