“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (6/20/10): Demand #19 “Do Not Be Angry – Embrace Mercy and Forgiveness”

Matthew 18:21-35

21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times (or seventy times seven).

23“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26“The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’

30“But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”

Matthew 6:12-15

12 “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ 14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Mark 8:25

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Luke 6:36…….. “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

In the story from Matthew 18, Jesus answers Peter’s question about how much forgiveness we should extend to others.   Jesus tells the story of a King and a subject who owes him ten thousand talents, or what we would refer to as a “zillion” dollars.  This amount is so unfathomable and astronomical that it is staggering.  The King forgives this debt and this man is so thankful that he…. does nothing.  No gratitude, no thanks… nothing.  The man is so filled with gratitude for his forgiveness that he calls in a man who owes him less than $5,000 and shows no mercy.  This lack of forgiveness and mercy comes back to the King’s attention, who is furious.  How could someone be so short-sighted and hard-hearted?  How could he not forgive this speck of debt in comparison with the mountain of forgiveness that he had received?  This question is the same for us.  In light of how we have been forgiven of our sins against a holy God, we can bear with and forgive any sin; as well as fight off our tendency towards anger.  Our Children’s Ministry used to have a song which encapsulated this theme very well:

Are you humbly grateful, or grumbly hateful?

What’s your attitude?

Do you grumble and groan, or let it be known

that your thankful for all God’s done for you?

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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