If we do not handle God's forgiveness in the right way we may end
up worse than we were at the beginning.
Just as this king wanted to settle accounts with his servants, so
God wants to settle accounts with us while we are alive. The devil will tell you, don't
settle your account with God, He just wants to hurt you and punish you. But God does it
because he loves us. We might think if we owe someone we would be happy if the person just
forgets about our debt, but that doesn't settle it. God wants to settle accounts with us.
He counts exactly how much we owe Him. And if we acknowledge our debt and ask for
forgiveness He forgives us our debt.
We are blessed when God settles accounts with us in this life. We
will be judged either in this life or the next. If we don't allow God to judge us in this
life then we will be judged in the next.
Even if you should be found to be totally guilty, you must still
know where you stand with God. Only then can you find forgiveness. Have you ever desired
to know where you stand with God? Do you take counsel with a desire to know God's mind or
to justify yourself.
The question is not in the first place, are you forgiven? But do
you know where you stand with God? Are there grey areas in your life? It will rob you of
your assurance of salvation.
You must know where you stand with God. If there's a grey area it
will keep burdening you and make you depressed. One of the big causes of depression is a
lot of grey areas in your life.
It's grey because you're not sure if it's right or wrong.
We also see that this man had remorse for his sin, his debt. This
is a big problem in the church. People claim forgiveness but they never had true remorse
for their sin.
How do you see your fellow men? We read of Jesus, when he saw the
multitude, that he had compassion on them (Matt 14:14).
If you just see the mistakes of others without compassion you
don't have the spirit of Christ.
This man had a huge debt which he could never repay. That's why he
and his family had to be sold to recover a part of the debt. He pleaded for forgiveness
and his master had compassion on him and forgave him all. But we also read that when that
servant met one of his fellow servants that owed him a small amount he would not forgive
This man received forgiveness but his heart was not changed.
It is possible that you have received forgiveness but your heart
When God forgives a person, it's as if you receive a clean slate.
But it's important how you handle God's forgiveness. Maybe you don't commit the big sins
(in your eyes) anymore, but you stumble and fall by getting irritated, angry etc. Then you
get despondent and that takes you off the track. No, get up and confess it. Allow God to
convict you and don't hide it. Otherwise you might return to your old life.
Some people, when they fall again after being forgiven, develop an
approach where they only deal with the big sins. It's a way of surviving, spiritually. But
then when they build their spiritual house some bricks in the wall have sand in stead of
cement. Water washes the bricks out quickly. And the whole house becomes weak. Such a
person becomes very difficult to work with. It shows in their character. Such a person
becomes selfish, serving the Lord in his or her own way.
When Absalom rebelled against his father David, David fled. What
helped David to make the right decision, in stead of "standing his ground"? His
humility. He could easily have argued that all his mighty men were with him, but he was
sober about the situation, and could flee when it was necessary.
Another characteristic of those who handle God's forgiveness
correctly, is that evil grieves and upsets them. When Goliath blasphemed Israel and God,
all Israel knew he was an evil man but it did not upset them to act. David got so upset
that he knew something had to be done and he was prepared to risk his life and be despised
by his brothers, to shut the mouth of Goliath.
If you are not upset at evil in our country, is it not perhaps
because you have built with sandy bricks?
You will be deceived when you build with sandy bricks.
Note also that the other servants were not happy that this servant
fell so badly. Their hearts were sore. They were grieved.
What's your reactions when others fall into sin?
They also did not allow the sin to carry on, but addressed the
matter in love.
It was like the attitude of a parent towards a child that has done
Have you settled your account with God or are there still some
grey areas in your life? Have you forgiven those who wronged you?
If someone has wronged you and you cannot forgive that person then
you're like a person who drinks poison and expect the other person to die. Unforegiveness
is a poison that will kill you.