May 17, 2009 | David Crosby

490 Forgivings

    One of the strangest and most memorable pictures Jesus ever painted with his words is this one-the unmerciful servant. Here is a man whose master forgives a crushing debt far beyond the servant's ability to pay even in a lifetime of labor.

    That servant, now liberated to new life, finds a friend who owes him a pittance, but the friend's poverty is so great that he cannot pay even this tiny amount. The man liberated by the mercy of another does not extend that forgiveness to his debtor but throws him in prison.

    The story concludes with the master retracting the cancelation of that enormous debt and the man himself ending up in prison. The clear teaching is this-God fully expects people whom he forgives to extend this forgiveness to others.

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