Scripture Reference: “Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?” – Matthew 18:33.
Unforgiveness is unprofitable. It is placing ourselves in the hands of the tormentor (Satan). Several years ago, the Lord taught me how to forgive. It has been my anchor ever since. I recall the powerful parable Jesus gave in Matthew 18:23-35. This parable explicitly explains why unforgiveness is unprofitable. A man (servant) owed his lord 10,000 talents ($10 million) and he appealed to his lord in verse 26, and quickly he received forgiveness from his lord. Later he went and got hold of a man that owed him an hundred cents. This man begged the servant for forgiveness, just as he had done earlier, but he declined. He refused to forgive. His lord heard of it and recalled his already forgiven debt. He was described as a wicked servant. God terms unforgiveness as wickedness. The wages of sin is death.
Every wrong done against the covenant is worthy of death, however Jesus died in our place. He shed His blood and we received forgiveness. We received eternal life in place of eternal destruction. He forgave us so we can forgive others. In verse 34 of that scripture, we read, “And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him”. How would a man be able to pay 10,000 talents while being tormented? Would he ever be able to pay? I don’t think so.
Daily digest: Mercy is not expressed in the idea that “i will forgive you this time, but woe unto you if you ever do it again”!
Prayer: Lord, help me to see the weakness of others through my weakness. Let me forgive just as you forgave me. I receive the wisdom packaged in Matthew 18:33. I am free from the evil of unforgiveness in Jesus’ precious name, Amen. Thank you Lord.