God Forgives Us, We Forgive Others
Read Matthew 18:21-35
This passage is often called “The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant” because that
servant who had received mercy (forgiveness) by the Master, refused to show mercy (forgiveness) to his
fellow servant, and he experienced consequences as a result. This is one of the quintessential
teachings of Jesus, along with the Golden Rule and loving your neighbor. The whole message of
the parable is to teach His followers that since they have received God’s forgiveness for their
sins, they should in turn forgive others.
Is there a familiar pattern here? Think of the love pattern we’ve seen in the first two lessons: God
loved us, we respond by loving Him. God loves others, and expects us to do the same out of our
love for God. The forgiveness patter mirrors this: God forgave us, and He expects us to forgive
others out of our love for Him.
So easy to comprehend, yet so tough to put into practice!