November 21, 2015

Matthew 18_21

Matthew 18:21-35

An online sermon had this illustration concerning the things people do that others would not:

“He has waded through sewers, peeled road-kill, moved houses, castrated horses, and cleaned up monumental septic explosions. He does the jobs that most of us could not bear to do, although we know how important they are. You might not think that many people would want him in their living room, but in fact they love to see him — 700 times a year. His name is Mike Rowe, and he’s the star of the cable TV show Dirty Jobs.” 1

Forgiveness is a tough job, but someone has to do it. Fortunately, Jesus rolls up his sleeves and shows us how. That is what the parable of the Unforgiving Servant is all about. He had been forgiven everything but would not forgive a man who owed him pennies compared to the debt he had been forgiven.

Forgiveness is a calling and a lifestyle. In the Lord’s Prayer we pray: Forgive our sins as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You showed and told us from your cross: “Forgive them for they no not what they are doing.” Help us to forgive regardless of the cost. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of  Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.

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