27 And the servant’s master felt so sorry for him that he let him go and cancelled the debt. 28 Now as this servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow-servant who owed him one hundred denarii; and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him, saying, “Pay what you owe me.”Matthew 18:27-28
In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus talking about forgiveness and more specifically, forgiveness of debts.
As Christians, we understand that through this story, Jesus is asking us to forgive all who have wronged us; He said the story in reply to Peter’s question of how often he should forgive his brother.
Today, I feel led to speak specifically about the forgiveness of debt in the financial sense, so in the literal sense of the story.
This idea of debt forgiveness is hardly preached or practiced in our time.
In situations where it is, the act of forgiveness is almost used as an indirect way of making the person or people who has been forgiven, perpetually indebted to the forgiver.
This is contrary to what Jesus tells us today.
Jesus invites us today to have a fresh perspective on this topic. Especially in these times when things are tough and people are struggling to fend for themselves and their families, he encourages us to forgive financial debts.
And if we are in a situation ourselves where we owe and have debts, Jesus is encouraging us today, to be bold in calling out to our Father for His mercy and financial miracle so that all our debts are forgiven and we have liberty to live freely.
God of Mercy, King and Master of the universe! We fall prostrate at Your feet today and implore Your mercy!
Master, Father, Redeemer, please forgive our debts. Please forgive all our debts. Our spiritual debts and our financial debts. We implore Your mercy today, because we need a miracle from Heaven to set us free.
You have promised us Your Liberty and spiritual and financial freedom.
So today LORD, we say, “Yes!”
“Yes!” to Your miracles of financial freedom that is only possible in You.
Take over Jesus, all our debts and pay the price for them out of Your infinite abundance and mercy!
We thank You for hearing us and as You have done for us, by Your Spirit’s power, may our hearts overflow with gratitude, humility and love to forgive also all the debts others owe us.
Always & Forever,
To the Lamb,
With all my ❤
13 Aug 2020