There are approximately fifty parables in the Gospels, covering topics from being kind to good stewardship to saving those who are lost. One of my favorites is the Parable of the Unmerciful servant in Matthew 18: 21-35. It’s a topic that I think affects us all because everyone of us is challenged to extend forgiveness to our neighbor when the need arises.
One day Peter came to Jesus and asked Him, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? When Peter asks this he puts a specific number on how many times he should forgive. I would imagine he was hoping that Jesus would agree on this limitation. But Jesus did not. With emphasis Jesus says, “I tell you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. The number is limitless.
One day when a king wanted to settle accounts with his servants, one particular man was unable to settle a debt of ten thousand talents. The man pleaded for mercy and out of kindness the king did so. But when this very servant who had just been forgiven this large debt was not willing to extend compassion for a fellow servant who owed him a hundred denarii ( far less then ten thousand) he had him thrown him jail. When the king heard of this he was indignant and had the first servant turned over to the jailers to be tortured.
God cannot forgive us for our sins if we do not do the same for our brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s not easy but being Christian is not easy either. The reward for doing so is beyond limitation.