THEME: Forgive as Forgiven
PASSAGE: Matthew 18:21-35
HYMN: MHB 377-HOW can a sinner know
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 6:12 “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
Many Christians pay lip-service to this aspect of the Lord’s Prayer that we virtually pray at least once in a day. It is like the prayer has become a normal routine for some. That is why some people still find it difficult to forgive those who sin against them. Some Christians are like that unforgiving servant in our passage today. He was forgiven by his master for not being able to pay a greater debt and, in turn, incarcerated his fellow servant for owning him little. This action of his displeased the master who ordered his immediate arrest.
The bottom line here is that if we fail to forgive as many that offend us as many times as possible, it will be difficult to receive forgiveness from God. In other words, the condition for us to be forgiven is to forgive others.
Our Lord, Jesus Christ, was trying to tell us in the parable that we owe God greater debts than what our fellow human beings owe us. If we are to count all that God has done for us, as the lyric goes, we will continue to do so for several days! We must not be ingrates.
Our debt to God was so enormous that it had to be paid with the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ for us to receive forgiveness from God. There is, therefore, no offence that can be greater than that which mankind did against God by killing His Son.
Realizing how Jesus has completely forgiven us on the Cross should produce a free and generous attitude of forgiveness towards others. When we don’t forgive others, we are breaking Christ’s law of love. Inability to forgive is a hindrance to answered prayers.
PRAYER: Lord, forgive me for taking Your forgiveness for granted. Endue me with the right spirit of forgiveness in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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