From the Heart

Matthew 18:35 - "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart." (NKJ)

This is the last verse in the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant in Matthew. One of those tests that Peter threw out to Jesus asking about forgiveness. I've always wondered where the seven times or 77 times came from Jesus' brain. But the lesson went like this...

Jesus explains the story of the servant who fell on his knees before his master and begged not to have to pay money back that he had borrowed. I don't know what 10,000 bags of gold are worth, but according to my research it was equal to ten thousand talents and a talent was worth about 20 years of a day laborer's wages! The servant's master had mercy on his servant and forgave the debt. Wrote it off. Done deal.

Then this debt-free servant went out and found one of his co-workers who owed him $100 bucks or so. Grabbed him by the neck and demanded payment. Pretty selfish. Well, people talk. Word got around. The master called back the (forgiven debt) servant and asked him what happened to mercy? The master threw him in jail and demanded all his money back because he had been so selfish.

Do you treat others as you want to be treated, or are there different rules for everyone? When we come to heaven's gates, will we be able to look Pete in the eye and say I always treated others fairly?

Let's be honest here. There are some people I like more than others. I don't think this is just about money. It's about treating everyone right. Everyone has family squabbles. Perhaps not like the Hatfields and McCoys, but disagreements.

Dear Jesus,
Have I done everything I have to do to forgive from the heart? Please help me to forgive and reconcile any debt that I have. Just like you would do. Amen.

Carole Schumacher

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