Forgiveness Part III
“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. “When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. “But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. “So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ “And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. “But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ “So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ “But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. “So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. “Then summoning him, his lord *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. ‘Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ “And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”
I had a dream once again regarding forgiveness only this one was given to me so that i would realize the severity of unforgiveness.
In the dream I found myself kneeling before a king, I have no doubt who the king was. As I said I was kneeling and my hands were in shackles and there were guards on either side of me. I believe that I was asking for forgiveness of the debt that I owed the king because of the words the king spoke to me. There were people behind me in the dream and the king asked me, “what of them?”, to which I replied, forgive them.
Again, I believe that I was given the dream because of the severity of unforgiveness and how God views it. I used the above scripture because it is the one that was laid upon my heart for this posting. Forgiveness is not an option it is a command and the requirement for you to be forgiven. May we all grasp this. Forgiveness is not easy. Trust me, I know!. There is an old saying that says that the ones you do the most for drive the knife in the deepest. I have found that to be true, however, it is no excuse for harboring bitterness. For the church to operate as a body we must embrace forgiveness and be a lover of mercy.