Last night in my life2life group we were looking at the story of debtor who was forgiven his massive debt but a merciful king. We were talking about the story when it dawned on the people in the group that Christ's parable was speaking about us. We are the people who have a massive debt and been forgiven. We are the ones who, without grace, would be groveling and asking for pity. But our King has simply erased the debt of our sin and ordered that we be set free from the sin debt that enslaves us.
While the beginning of that parable is endearing, the end of the story is scandalous. The man who who was forgiven a great debts turns around and denies forgiveness to another man in debt to him. Hypocrite. Weasel. Coward. Selfish. Those are some of the thoughts from the group about such a man. How could someone forgiven for so much feel justified in not forgiving so little?
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Ezra 8-10