If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my
brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22Jesus answered, “I tell you,
not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23”Therefore, the kingdom of heaven
is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24As he began the
settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25Since
he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and
all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26”The servant fell on his knees before him.
‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27The servant’s
master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28”But when that servant
went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He
grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29”His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I
will pay you back.’ 30”But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown
into prison until he could pay the debt. 31When the other servants saw what had
happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything
that had happened. 32”Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’
he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33Shouldn’t you
have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34In anger his master
turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35”This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your
brother from your heart.”
1. Jesus gave us a compelling reason to forgive one another. A servant who owed
the king a huge debt was pardoned. But he, in turn, treated another servant
harshly who owed him a little. The king was angry as it was hardly appropriate
for one who had been forgiven so much to be so unforgiving for so little a debt.
2. This is a reminder for us when we harden our hearts toward a brother or sister
after a few repeated hurts. After all, God, the great King, has forgiven us an
absolutely unpayable debt, our sins.
3. Who do I find it hard to forgive? Think about the forgiveness I have received
from the Lord. Imagine myself as the first servant. Ask for grace to forgive the
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 3:13-15
Assign different person to play each of the characters of this parable of the
unmerciful servant. Make a recording of it, or video is even better. Play it back
and discuss the problem of this servant. Emphasize the need to forgive.