Thoughts for the week
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Matthew 18:21
This week we are going to look at forgiveness and we begin with the question Peter asks Jesus. I think Peter might have been thinking about those who constantly grieve us and show no sign of changing their ways. I am sure we have all asked that same question from time to time, let us pray for patience and mercy as we deal with those who cause us hurt, or let us down. Let us pray for them and what is in their hearts that causes them to be this way
Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:22
Peters question yesterday was in essence, is there a limit to the forgiveness we should show others’. Jesus emphatic answer is no. There is no countdown after which forgiveness should not be given, which Jesus demonstrates in the story he is about to tell. Let us pray that we would forgive others in the same way as we are forgiven by the Lord.
Since 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. Matthew 18:25
In the parable Jesus describes a servant who owes such a large sum he will never be able to pay it back (some suggest it would have been the equivalent to £150 million). While we would not have such draconian punishments as the King in the story, there are still consequences when we get into debt or do wrong. Let us pray that we would be careful in the way we live so as to not incur such trouble