CONCEPT  (Day 1 of 7)

Today’s Bible bit is a little long, but it’s an interesting parable.

Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents (about $3.48 billion). And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.

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But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii (about $5,800), and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.’

And here’s the kicker.

‘And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ Matthew 18:23-33  ESV (parenthesis mine)

Take today and think about how great God’s grace is toward us (undeserved favor, something we cannot earn). Consider also how we are called to do the same toward others.


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