Matthew 19:23-35. Jesus is explaining that the kingdom is like a man who owed about $10,000,000 (10,000 talents). He couldn’t pay & His master ordered him, his family & all possessions to be sold to pay it. Moved with compassion, he forgave his debt. This same man found one of his fellow attendants who owed him $20 (100 denarii) & had him put in jail until he could pay. His master found out and told him he should have had pity on his fellow attendant because he was shown such great mercy. In wrath, the master sent him to jail until he could pay what he originally owed. Jesus explains the kingdom principle in verse 35. ‘So also my heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses.’ Earlier in this chapter, Peter asks Jesus, ‘How many times may my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? As many and up to 7 times?’ Jesus responded by saying, ‘I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven!’
It’s interesting how quickly we can be unwilling to overlook and genuinely forgive others when they deeply wound and offend us over and over and over again. I guess that is just the human and normal thing to do. But, in the kingdom, Jesus doesn’t subscribe much to the usual. Kingdom principles turn natural inclinations upside down. Holding a grudge and never forgetting offenses is the human thing to do. The kingdom way of handling such matters is to forgive…over and over and over again. Now, I am not suggesting that if you are being abused in any way to just ignore it and stay in a dangerous situation. Get out and get to safety. But, even after being in a safe place, unforgiveness will color your world grey if you don’t let it go. Giving the gift of forgiveness removes the grey residue of offense from our lives so that a more vivid and vibrant life can be lived and experienced.
Just let it go. Again. 🙂 I hope this encourages someone.