Matt 18:21 - 35
Peter was a very rough man doing things at the spur of the moment.
So he asked how many times he should forgive his brother. Only till seven times? But Jesus
answered him, not seven times, but seventy times seven.
The Lord notes down every time you have a grudge, or are
stiff-necked. On Judgement day He will open His books and settle accounts with you.
We read here of a servant owing 10000 talents. It was a great
amount and he could not pay his debt. In those days he would be sold together with his
wife and children. But he humbled himself and begged for forgiveness and mercy. So the
king forgave him all. This servant was ecstatic when he realised that all his debt was
removed. As this servant humbled himself before his king so too you have to humble
yourself before the Lord God to have your sins forgiven. This king had great compassion on
this servant and forgave him all. Have you experienced that compassion from your Lord,
even as the Lord Jesus had great compassion for the multitude when He saw them.
Jesus said that though your sins be as red as scarlet, He will wash them white as snow.
To be forgiven is something wonderful - a burden lifted. When you
come to Christ your heart must be broken, for how can you ask for forgiveness if you don't
know what you owe?
This man was forgiven 10000 talents. As he left the king he met a
fellow servant who owed him 100 denarii. 1 talent was worth 1000 denarii.
He owed the king 10 million denarii and was forgiven, but he would
not forgive his fellow servant only 100 denarii! When the other servants saw this they
went and told the king and the king called that servant and said to him, "Because you
have done this after I had forgiven you all that debt, I recall all your debt of 10
million denarii and you will be in jail until you have paid the last denarii.'
All of us should be wide awake as this applies to us personally.
When you got converted all your sins were forgiven and you were full of joy at such a
weight being lifted. After some time you meet with someone else who says something about
you, and it hurts you and so you have resentment and a grudge in your heart. You have
forgotten all those sins Christ has forgiven you. God says that if you don't forgive that
person freely He will recall all your sins again.
You can kill someone physically but also with the razor sharp
words that you speak.
God says that the way you forgive others is the way He will
forgive you. If you keep a grudge and do not want anything to do with someone else, God
says in the same way you will not receive forgiveness.
God says all your guilt will be brought against you again if you
don't forgive your brother from the heart. In other words your salvation will be gone
unless God is a liar. If you say something else then you are the liar.
A few Sundays ago we spoke about the Chinese missionary whom God
convicted of behind-the-back criticism of another Christian, in other words, of slander.
If you do that you are dead spiritually. It is a terrible sin. You must go to that person
and clear the matter but do not slander him behind his back.
So from today forgive your brother and God will forgive you.