“And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses.” - Matthew 18:34-35 (KJV)
Have you ever read a passage of scripture that carried you away in a river of reality? Or have you ever had your soul soaked with truth? If you know the word of God and are presently experiencing the Person, Power and Presence of the scriptures (Jesus), you will be continually deposited at the shore of truth and personal application. Humility is always the cure for a hard head and a hard heart.
The Lord Jesus’s lesson about the unforgiving servant engulfed me with an essential element of truth with respect to forgiving those that sin against us. The gravity of the Master’s mandate of forgiveness immediately lifted me out of complacency and created a deeper attitude of gratitude. Unequivocally, when we fix our focus on the forgiveness that our Father has graciously granted us, we are ready to release and forgive others. The parable punctures pride and points to the penalty that packs a wallop of unforgiving consequences.
To process the reality that our merciful, loving Father will deliver you to sources of affliction as a direct result of your refusal to forgive magnifies the seriousness of the sin of unforgiveness.
“and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses.”
Next time we will explore the essentiality of forgiveness, the consequences of electing not to forgive those who sin against us and examine how exceptional it is to forgive.
NOT A SERMON BUT A THOUGHT