Just Something to Think About: The wicked Servant
Today I would like to speak about the parable Jesus spoke in Matthew 18:21-35
In the parable Jesus told about a servant who owed a king more money than he could ever pay. The servant asked the king to be patient with him and that he would payback the money, but of course the king is not an idiot. He knows the servant would never be able to pay it back. So, instead the king had mercy and cancels the debt. The servant left the kings presents happy, but when he bumped into another servant who owed him a small amount of money, the forgiven servant demanded full payment right then. The man asked the servant to be patient with him and instead of showing the same mercy he was shown, he threw the man in jail and when the king heard about it, he asked the servant why he simply did not forgive as he was forgiven? He called the servant wicked and reinstated all his debt.
So, what can we learn from this? Well for one thing, when the king forgave the servants debt, he offered him a relationship and a way of life that included mercy, grace, and forgiveness. In the same way Jesus did the same when he died on the cross for us.
We owed a large debt we could never pay and so Jesus loved us so much he payed that debt with his life and when we accept that gift, we are accepting a piece of Gods heart and a relationship with him. Just as the servant should have shown the same forgiveness he was given, so should we. But when we choose to do like the servant and hold a grudge, we are, rejecting God’s gift. So, God being just has no other choice, but to reject us.
Mark 11:25 says “and when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”