Hey there…long time no see. No…it’s not that you haven’t been here for a while it’s that I haven’t stopped by my own blog for a couple days. So please allow me to make excuses here:
(1) The busyness of September seemed to sneak up on me.
(2) The busyness of September seemed to sneak up on me.
…and (3) The busyness of September seemed to sneak up on me.
That is enough said on that. I think I am beginning to get a hold of things now so you will see me a little more in the coming weeks.
Anyway…the Gospel text I am preaching on today comes from Matthew 18:21-35. This is the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant. Peter asks Jesus the question, “How many times should I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Seven times?“. Jesus goes on to basically say, “You forgive continuously. There is no number.” Then we get this parable. What hits me square in the face is the contrast in debts. The debt God forgave me and the debt I often refuse to forgive others. This is indeed a convicting parable. The debt we owed God was a debt we could not hope to repay but yet God says, “I love you so much and I want so much to be in a relationship with you that I am going to forgive this debt of yours.” Wow…that is an amazing God. Let’s go and do likewise…forgiving others the sins they have committed against us; showing them Christ’s love.
Gracious and forgiving God, we can’t even begin to express how thankful we are for the forgiveness you show us in Jesus Christ. We are so unworthy. But yet you love us anyway. Grant us strength to forgive others as you have forgiven us. So we may mend and nurture relationships with them as you do with us. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.