Do You Need to Hear This?

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Do You Need to Hear This?

   “Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.” Mt. 18:27

   “Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?” Mt. 18:33

   “And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” Mt. 18:34-35 (underlining added)

    The Holy Spirit led me to verses in the middle of one night and opened my heart to see what I had never seen in them before. He would take me to a deeper level and understanding of forgiveness than I had ever had.

Jesus told the story of a servant who begged his master to be patient in paying off his debt after the master threatened to sell him and his family. The master didn’t just say he would be patient with the debt being paid off. He totally forgave the man his debt! What had I missed before? He forgave with a heart filled with COMPASSION.

The servant went and threatened a fellow servant who had a debt to pay him. When the fellow servant asked him to be patient as he paid off the debt, the servant who had been forgiven had NO COMPASSION and threw the man in jail. The master who had forgiven the first servant said he should have had COMPASSION after being forgiven for someone else who needed forgiveness. The master turned him over to the tormentors until the debt was paid off. Jesus said God will turn us over to the tormentors when we don’t FORGIVE FROM OUR HEARTS. How tormented we are when we disobey God and don’t forgive from our hearts!

How many of us refuse to forgive at all? Or convince ourselves we’ve forgiven someone but in our hearts still hold onto hurt, anger, bitterness, etc.? How many of us do as Jesus taught in this parable? How many of us have COMPASSION for those who have hurt us? Oh, how convicted I was when God’s Spirit gave me this message about forgiveness with COMPASSION. For years, I had convinced myself I had forgiven people. But even when I actually had, I had not forgiven with COMPASSION.

God in His glorious compassion has forgiven me my sins through Jesus Christ who died on the cross to pay my sin penalty. Who am I to not forgive with COMPASSION those I need to forgive? Compassion implies love, care, concern, sensitivity, mercy, and thoughtful consideration of how the other person may have suffered or is suffering, what that person’s needs are most especially for Christ, that God created that person also, etc. How can we forgive let alone with COMPASSION? In God’s strength, by His Spirit, through His Word, for His glory.

   Whom do you need to forgive?

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