the Time - Part 3
FORGIVING SAINTS Page
V.29 ** What did the next slave in our story then
The same thing that the first one did. He fell down (this time out
of genuine respect) and said, "Have patience with me and I will
** Was that a genuine statement? How long would one have to work to repay
a debt of one hundred denarii?
Yes, it was very genuine. He could repay that debt in just three and
one half months! A denarii was equal to one days pay.
V.30 ** How does the wicked slave respond to this offer?
He refuses to be gracious or compassionate and throws his fellow slave
into prison. Again, if that seems deplorable to you, that is exactly
what we are doing when we fail to forgive others!
V.31 ** Does the wicked slave get away with it?
No, other slaves see his actions and are deeply grieved, so they go
and report it to the king. Here is another great example for us to follow:
Should we become aware of a brother or sister who is harboring unforgiveness
in their hearts, we should take it to our Father and ask Him to grant
repentance to our brother. cf. 1John 5:16
V.32 ** What does the king do next?
He calls the wicked slave back before him.
** What was the motivation for the king to forgive the slave in the first
Simply because he asked! Very much a parallel with us asking the Lord
Jesus Christ to forgive our sin and become the Lord and Savior of our
V.33 ** The king now explains what is the only acceptable response
to having been forgiven so great a debt. What is it?
"Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, even
as I had mercy on you?"
** Did you catch the connection between God showing mercy to us and the
mercy that we show to others?
It is to be the same! (cf. James 2:13)
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