Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
222 East Epler, Indianapolis IN 46227
October 20, 2013
A Different Standard
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Peter had asked Jesus a question about forgiveness and the above quoted verse is Jesus’ answer to the question. Jesus then goes on to illustrate his answer with a parable about debt.
In doing so he mentions a man who owes a debt to the king which he is unable to pay. The debt is very large so the man begs for mercy and the king forgives.
This same man is also owed a debt by another man. This debt is not very large at all but he refuses to show any mercy and has the man thrown into the debtor’s prison.
When the king found out he was very angry with the first man. He reminded the man about the mercy he had been shown. He then revoked his mercy and had the man delivered to the tormentors until he had paid his debt.
We need to consider how much the Lord forgave each of us daily. When we remember what the Lord has done for us it reminds us that people may owe us a debt but we need to show them the same mercy that Jesus showed us.
If we hold them accountable to pay the full debt they owe us then we need to expect the Lord to do the same to us. We need to treat them with the same standard that the Lord treated us with.
So the next time someone offends you remember the grace that God showed you. If he has been merciful to us we need to be merciful to them as well. If we are not we may be certain that the Lord will not be to us.