“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” – Mat 7:2 (NIV)
Once the Apostle Peter approached the Lord Jesus and put before him a puzzle. How often should he forgive those who wrong him. To answer him Jesus told of the story of a servant who went up to a king with a huge pile of debts that were suffocating him (Mat 18: 21-35). The king hearing the pleas of his servant took pity upon him and forgave the servants of his debts (verse 27).
However, having been forgiven no sooner had the servant walked out of his Master’s presence he too met someone who owed him. Instead of extending equal mercy he fell upon his debtor and threw him in jail (verse 30).
When the King heard what this servant had done, aware of the mercy he had shown him, of course he was outraged. This unforgiving servant was picked up and thrown to jail “ to be tortured until he should pay back all he owed” (verse 34).
Entering the kingdom of God is because of the mercy He has extended to us. Let us always be merciful to those who owe us.
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth that I am merciful to those who owe me just as you have shown me equal mercy.