Have you ever had a hard time forgiving someone? You know you should. You know it’s the right thing to do, but you just can come to grips with it. If anything, your best efforts become gossip sessions about this person disguised as “prayerful concerns” being brought up before other brother’s and sister’s in Christ.
But the scripture says, to whom much is given much is required. Okay, and what does this have to do with forgiveness?
Let’s read this passage of scripture and then connect the dots.
21 At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?” 22 Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven. 23-25 “The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn’t pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market. 26-27 “The poor wretch threw himself at the king’s feet and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt. 28 “The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, ‘Pay up. Now!’ 29-31 “The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ But he wouldn’t do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king.
I know, what a jerk, right? After being forgiven so much this guy shouldn’t have had any trouble forgiving the man who owed him. Well, the truth is that we are the jerks in this story!
Think about it. We as Christians have been extended an infinite amount of Grace because we have sinned against an infinite God. The debt forgiven us is infinitely greater then any sin possibly committed against us. And to look at another human being who has sinned against us infinitely less and choose to not forgive, puts us in the same category as the person in the story we just read.
So, to whom much is given much is required. We have been given grace and therefore we should be grace givers.