Jesus told a story once of a man who owed a lot of money. He had no way to pay his debt, and miraculously the debtor had everything forgiven by his lender. Not long after, the debtor saw a man who owed him a measly amount, and he snatched him up in the street, started choking and threatening the man for his money.
The lender saw this and was amazed. How could a man who had just been given so much still be so greedy? How could someone who had such a great debt forgiven still hold someone else accountable for a much smaller debt?
We’ve all been forgiven so greatly. God has given us so much. He has given us freedom, forgiveness, grace, and mercy. How is it that we can still be so cold, and callous to others? How can we who have been forgiven such a great debt, still hold others debts against them?
I know what you’re saying, it’s not that easy. You can’t just forgive someone you know has wronged you. Yet, in Jesus, we see an example of a man who knew his closest friends would abandon him. He knew one would deny him. He knew one would betray him. Yet still, he loved them. He forgave them and decided to forgive them before they had ever done anything.
Have you decided to be a person of forgiveness? Have you decided that since you have been forgiven such a great debt that you too will forgive others of their debt to you?