“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” (Matthew 18:21-35)
Forgiveness. I shared in a previous Sunday Devotional about a year or so ago on verses 21-22. I was reminded again about these verses this week with what happened with the church shooting in Charleston. The family members of the victims showed an amazing example of what forgiveness is when they forgave the shooter.
That type of forgiveness comes from the Lord. Because He has forgiven us of our sins, He gives us the ability to forgive others of wrongdoing to us. Jesus, in talking to Peter and the rest of the disciples, reminded them that we are to continually forgive. We should have a heart of grace and mercy because we have been shown grace and mercy from God. As Christians, living with the Holy Spirit inside of us, we are to forgive. Jesus gave the parable of the debtor who had been forgiven much but didn’t want to forgive. Let us not be that way. Let us show forgiveness to our friends, our family, to strangers.
This week, let us love one another. Let us forgive one another. Let us be a reflection of God and Jesus to this world.