“Me” is nobody

When I read about “The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant” in Matthew 18:21-35 I get angry at how rotten the man is who makes the one pay back all that is owed when someone he owed far more forgave him. But when I look at my own life I can see a very real parallel. I see myself being very black and white on things with others when for myself I can nudge a little gray in there. As if the rules were made for everyone BUT me. It is easy for me to think the world revolves around me because “me” is all I really know. “Me” has been with me my whole life. But then I remember, this feature film is not about me. It is not directed by me. I don’t even have a cameo appearance. I’m the back of the head that you see in frame number 1,943,833,987,673,011 for the blip of a second in the span of time. Time is just one film in the span of all eternity. This film is not about me. It is about God. Staring Jesus. Directed by God. Produced by the Holy Spirit. It is ALL Him. I need to forgive and expect myself to die to everyone else around me. I have been forgiven for such a tremendous amount of blood that for me to demand payback is ludicrous. I desire to eradicate my pride and live in absolute humility. I desire to continue to be sanctified and pray for more and more faith every day.

Link to today’s full Daily Bible Reading: http://www.compasschurch.org/dbr/january-26/

 

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Matthew 18:21-35

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. [1]

23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. [2] 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. [3] 25 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. 26 So the servant [4] fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, [5] and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 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. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, [6] until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 18:22 Or seventy-seven times
[2] 18:23 Greek bondservants; also verses 28, 31
[3] 18:24 A talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a laborer
[4] 18:26 Greek bondservant; also verses 27, 28, 29, 32, 33
[5] 18:28 A denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer
[6] 18:34 Greek torturers

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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