Forgiveness is not something we do for other people. We do it for ourselves to get well and move on.

I have been studying the kingdom and today in particular, forgiveness. It is like having an accident and doing every thing, we can to clean it up, but no matter how hard we try, we cannot clean up all of our messes. There is always one little part that we cannot see, and along comes someone else and they see that little bit that we did not. Satan likes to point out our messes.

Thank God, we have Jesus huh?

We can even try to pay for our mistakes, but sometimes folks are just very forgiving and they do not accept what we offer in return, because in their hearts they have already forgiven us. This sounds like Jesus too. They must have learned forgiveness from The Master.

Our parents try to teach us forgiveness but no matter how much they try, we just do not truly get the meaning of forgiveness until we have been truly forgiven.

We can learn from someone as an example of how they forgive, maybe watch forgiveness in action, but even then, we are learning by example and unless we are the one on the end of forgiveness, we still just do not get it.

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Mt 18:23-34 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. {talents: a talent is seven hundred and fifty ounces of silver, at a hundred and eleven cents the ounce} But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. {worshipped him: or, besought him} Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. {pence: the Roman penny is the eighth part of an ounce, which after five shillings the ounce is seven pence halfpenny; about fourteen cents} And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

Then, Jesus says something unexpected….

35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

And there it is in a nutshell, as they say. Forgiveness comes from the heart. The goodness and indulgence of God towards us is the pattern we should follow in our dealings with others. Jesus forgives us and this is where we learn true forgiveness. None of us deserve His forgiveness but there it is. It comes from His heart to ours and this is where we truly learn genuine forgiveness.

Let us not miss how Jesus began His unexpected reply? SO LIKEWISE… the sum or moral of the parable.

It is this kingdom like attitude that Jesus was trying to teach His disciples. The Lord is ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Him.

December 30, 2010

~ By Eudora


About eudoranachand

A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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