the Time - Part 3
FORGIVING SAINTS Page
V.27 ** Even though the slave was very insincere,
how did the king respond?
He felt compassion! [splagchnizomai] lit. "to be moved in the
** For compassion to be genuine, what must follow?
Action in accordance with compassion!
** What two steps does the king now take?
1) He releases the slave!
2) He forgives the entire debt!
** When we say that we have forgiven someone for something they have
done against us, are we willing to do those same two things?
If we are going to be like our Father who is in heaven, we must release
our brothers and sisters from the bondage of their sin against us and
completely forgive them for the offense. Rightly has it been said that
we should forgive and forget! cf. Isaiah 43:25, Jeremiah 31:34, Hebrews
V.28 ** Having just been forgiven for such a huge debt, what attitude
would you expect this slave to develop?
One of thankfulness toward the king and compassion toward others.
** What did this guy do?
He "went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a
hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, 'Pay
back what you owe.'"
** How do you feel about this slave who was forgiven so much and yet
cannot find it in his heart to forgive even a little?
It is a disgusting display of hypocrisy! To be willing to ask for and
receive forgiveness, but then after receiving it, to refuse to give
it in the same measure is a deplorable act!
** As you search your own heart, is there anything that you are refusing
to forgive of another, after Jesus Christ has forgiven you of so much?
Hopefully no, but if there is, you can resolve that with the Lord today.
Let's continue now and learn how important that is to the Lord.
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